Tributes have been paid to the victims of a multi-vehicle horror smash in Mansfield Woodhouse which left three people dead and three others with serious injuries.
Teresa Mitchell (38) of Birks Road, Mansfield, Alan Dexter (47) of Northfield Avenue, Pleasley Vale, and Ricky Lee Goodall (24) of Barker Avenue, Skegby, all died following a smash involving a BMW, a Ford Ranger pick-up and a motorcycle on Debdale Lane at around 9.50pm on Friday.
Grandfather Alan Dexter had been riding his Honda motorcycle to Kirkby Trust homeless charity, where he worked as a night support worker, when the accident happened.
His devastated wife, Alison, said: “He was a devoted, caring, hard-working father and husband and a loyal friend.”
Known locally as ‘Dex’, he had grown up in Ollerton and went to Garibaldi School, before leaving to work at Clipstone Colliery.
He was an active man who had been a motorcyclist all of his life and prided himself on his bike safety. He loved cross-country running, was a keen photographer having just set up his own website, and was in the middle of setting up a charity to get unemployed youths working on farms.
He leaves behind his wife, two sons in their 20s and a grandson.
Meanwhile, tributes have flooded in for Teresa Mitchell after close pal, Cindy Cook, set up a Facebook page in her memory.
She described Teresa as the ‘life and soul of the party’ who lived her life with ‘laughter and fun’.
Her boyfriend, Mark Cornell, who is known by his friends as ‘Rooster’, spoke to Chad.
He said they had been together for nine months, but had known her for more than 30 years. She has two daughters and a grandchild and Mark said they were trying for another baby.
Teresa also worked at Illusions nightclub on Mansfield’s Clumber Street.
He said: “She was a good person, a hard-working person and very popular, she would help anyone.
“She was happy and content with herself and she loved spending time with her friends. She was a big character, a strong character.
“When we got the phone call on Friday we went straight to Debdale Lane and I knew as soon as I got there.
“It’s very sad and at the moment I can’t get my head round it.”
Teresa had been driving the BMW that collided with the Ford Ranger and the motorcycle.
Ricky Lee Goodall had been a front-seat passenger in the BMW.
Two other men, aged 22 and 27, who had been passengers in the BMW, and the 29-year-old male driver of a Ford Ranger were all taken to hospital.
Dr Mark Folman, a member of the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS), was among the first on the scene and called for assistance from fellow EMICS member Dr Nick Foster because of the number of casualties.
EMICS is a voluntary group of doctors who offer assistance in emergency situations. They have attended over 900 calls this year, but Dr Folman said Friday’s accident was one of the ‘most challenging’ he has been to.
He said: “On our arrival it was apparent very quickly that this was a very serious incident with multiple casualties with serious injuries.
“My initial thoughts were to ensure that there were further medical resources brought to scene, and then started to triage the patients for treatment.
“I have attended numerous serious incidents as part of my voluntary role, prior to this I was an army doctor for 10 years and this is certainly one of the most challenging incidents I have attended for a while.”
The road was closed for around 12 hours as teams of emergency services worked at the scene.
Floral tributes have since been left by the roadside on Debdale Lane.
Anyone who witnessed the collision, or who has any information, is being asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 886 of 20th December.