Eckington Bridge will close for several weeks for repairs following fatal crash - The Evesham Observer

Eckington Bridge will close for several weeks for repairs following fatal crash

Evesham Editorial 22nd Mar, 2023   0

ECKINGTON Bridge will be closed for a month this summer for repairs following a crash last summer which saw the death of a Worcester father of six.

Highways chiefs have confirmed the bridge will be closed for four weeks from July 25 to allow for the rebuild of the safety barrier on the edge of the bridge.

The parapet was damaged during an early hours incident in August 2022 which saw a silver BMW and a red Vauxhall Astra collide before the BMW fell into the River Avon.

Harry Smith, 33, died at the scene after being rescued from the submerged from the water by firefighters while a 38-year-old man climbed out of the water.

In a series of tribute statement, his family described him as ‘a devoted dad, son, nephew, brother and boyfriend’.

Harry’s mum Shirley and her partner Gerry said: “Harry was the light of the party and would do anything for anybody,”

“I miss you so much my boy, love you loads, my heart is broken.”

Harry’s father, Harry Smith Senior, added: “I’m a father with six boys, I love them all the same and I will continue to treat them all the same. My angel boy, I will treasure the memories we made. I will love you forever.”

Harry’s brothers added: “He was a role model and we can’t believe it’s happened.

“Our hearts are broken and our minds are blank.

“We wish we were there to help you.

“We will never have another chance to make new memories.

“We never got the chance to say goodbye but until we see you on the other side, it’s gone but never forgotten and we will love you always.”

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