TRIBUTES are being paid to the 22-year-old man who died in a car crash on A590.

Matthew Brown from Swarthmoor was a passenger in a car driving between Backbarrow and Haverthwaite that collided with a bridge.

The family of the young dad described him as 'devoted family man'.

Mr Brown's family in a statement said: “Matthew was a loving son, grandson and brother.

“He was also a very devoted father, stepfather and family man.

“He will be very sadly missed by everyone who knew him.”

Mr Brown was a passenger in a blue Kia Ceed. The driver, a 23-year-old woman, was taken to the Furness General Hospital.

Police were called to the one vehicle collision on the bridge between Haverthwaite and Backbarrow, at approximately 1.10am on Wednesday.

Cllr Sharon Webster, the mayor of Ulverston, said: “It is devastating that is he was so young, it is just terrible.

“No time is a good time for this sort of news, but especially at this time of year.

“Everyone in the community is going to be devastated, it is a terrible tragedy.

“My heart goes out to his family, I do not know how anyone could cope with that.”

Ulverston councillor Mark Wilson said: “It is a rotten to have happened, but we are not sure what has happened yet.

“I believe the funeral has been planned now.

“It is a massive shock to the community and family and there is a feeling of sadness in the community.”

A review is being conducted of the A590 to assess its safety.

Haverthwaite councillor Sue Sanderson said it was a ‘great tragedy’.

“This is the second fatality we have had here,” she said.

“Because he is as young as that it is just awful.

“It is a great tragedy.”

There is no suggestion speed was a factor in the crash at this time but Cllr Sanderson said she had been campaigning to make that section of the road safer.

“That road is not a good road to travel on and we have had meetings with Highways England to see what can be done about it,” she said.

“We want to get the speed limit on that section of road reduced to 40 miles per hour like it is further down the road in Newby Bridge.

“We want the dual carriageway to be changed to a single carriageway to naturally reduce speed, provide an easier crossing for railway visitors and create accessibility for a bus stop to be put there.

“We are going to have drop-in sessions to get people’s thoughts on the issue.

“We have to come on to that road at a standing start from Haverthwaite with cars going at 70 miles per hour, there are so many junctions, it is very complicated there.”

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has any information which may assist police, is urged to contact PC 563 on 101, referencing incident 5 of 27 November 2019.