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Tributes paid to death-crash dad Brian Pattinson of Durham City
TRIBUTES have been paid to a 72-year-old man who died following a crash involving four vehicles.
Brian Pattinson, of Oswald Court, Durham City, died in the early hours of yesterday at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, where he was taken by air ambulance after the collision on Tuesday.
He was travelling in a Peugeot 205 car on the B6302 in Broom Lane, Ushaw Moor, near Durham City, shortly before 9.15am, on Tuesday when his vehicle was involved in a collision with a VW Bora travelling in the opposite direction.
His daughter, Kelly, speaking on behalf of herself and her brothers, John and Sean, said: "Dad was much loved by all his family and we are devastated that he has been taken from us in this way. He will be greatly missed."
Grandfather to Evan, 17, Caitlin, 15, Owen, 14, and Tony, eight, Mr Pattinson was born and lived most of his life in New Brancepeth, but had recently moved to Durham City.
He was well-known in farming community and had worked, since the age of 15, as a land drainer.
Mr Pattinson had a long-term partner, Lyn Noble.
Accident investigator Sergeant Andy Sutherland said the driver of a Seat Leon, travelling east along Broom Lane, had indicated to turn right at a picnic site and had stopped. An Audi A3 travelling in the same direction stopped behind the Seat, and the VW Bora collided with the rear of the Audi and travelled head-on into the path of the Peugeot, which was being driven by Mr Pattinson.
The 35-year-oldman driving the VW Bora suffered a suspected broken ankle.
The other two drivers were unhurt.
Witnesses are asked to call police on 0191-375-2159.