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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Barrow teenager died after falling asleep at the wheel

A BARROW teenager died after falling asleep at the wheel, an inquest has heard.

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POPULAR CHARACTER Joseph Andrews with his girlfriend Allanah Salton. ANTHONY WRIGHT PORTRAIT STUDIO

Joseph Andrews died aged 19 on August 2 following a crash near Green Lane, on the A590 between Barrow and Ulverston.

An inquest in Barrow Town Hall heard how Mr Andrews had little or no sleep in the previous day and fell asleep at the wheel causing his Vauxhall Corsa to cross into the opposite lane.

Wayne Rotherey, who was driving the HGV, saw Mr Andrews' car and slammed on his brakes but police said there was no action he could have taken to avoid the collision.

Coroner Mr Ian Smith said Mr Andrews' death was the result of a road traffic collision.

Mr Andrews' family previously paid tribute to a 'big hearted lad'.

They said: “Joseph was a happy go lucky lad.

"He was very caring and big-hearted and sensitive to other people’s feelings and was always ready to help anyone.

“He was always the joker and was always happy when he was making you laugh. He was greatly loved by all his family and friends and there is going to be a big hole left in all our lives and we will miss him forever.”

  • See today's Evening Mail for the full story.
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