Tribute paid to man killed in crash on way to work

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A LITTLE Saxham factory worker who was killed in a car crash on Friday had only recently married and was planning to start a family.

Adrian Lange, a production operative at Direct Tables Foods in Little Saxham, was pronounced dead at the scene, following the accident in Horringer early on Friday morning.

The 24-year-old, who was Polish and had lived in Haverhill for almost two years, married his wife Paulina in June last year.

His sister-in-law Sabina, who lived with the couple at their home in Ovington Place, told the Bury Free Press this week how they were planning to start a family.

“We are very sorry this has happened,” she said.

Mr Lange had been employed by Direct Table Foods since July last year.

His supervisor, Daniel Filipczuk, who worked with him in the room where he packed boxes at the end of a production line, described him as a friendly person who ‘got on with everyone’.

He said: “Adrian was a reliable, good worker with an easy smile.

“He doted on his wife and was always talking about her.”

The factory, at Saxham Business Park, held a minute’s silence in honour of Mr Lange on Monday morning.

It is planning to run a number of collections and raffles, starting with a planned work function this weekend, to assist Paulina with funeral costs and help her pay to fly his body back home to Poland.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said she was ‘shocked’ at Mr Lange’s death.

She said: “He was friendly - he would always say hello.”

Mr Lange was on his way to work at around 6.30am when the black Nissan Almera he was driving was involved in a collision with a white Nissan panel van, in Westley Lane, Bury.

Firefighters had to cut open the Almera to get to him.

He received treatment from paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene.

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned in Bury on Tuesday.

The driver of the van, believed to be in his forties, was taken to West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury, where he remained in a stable condition yesterday.

Westley Lane was blocked and closed off in both directions for several hours following the crash.

An investigation into the cause of the accident has been launched and police are seeking witnesses.

Anyone with any information should contact PC Ali Cotton at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101.