Tributes to Chester-le-Street man who died in accident

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TRIBUTES have been paid to an electrician who died after his car crashed into an ambulance which had stopped to attend to another road accident.

Jonathan Burke, 21, was taken to Sunderland Royal Infirmary on Sunday following a collision on the A1231 in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

Paramedics were attending to passengers in a Vauxhall Astra which had struck a lamppost when Mr Burke's Renault Clio hit the stationary ambulance at the junction of the A1231 and A195 in Barmston.

Five men in total, including four passengers from the Astra who suffered minor injuries, were taken to hospital but Mr Burke died later in the afternoon.

His family paid tribute to him today (Tuesday November 6) in a statement released through the police.

The tribute read: "Jonathan was an incredible young man. He had attended St Aidan's school in Sunderland and went on to become a hard working electrician.

"His great passion for the outdoors and bushcraft skills took him all over Britain and on to America for courses and expeditions.

"He had huge plans to travel the world and will be missed by many friends and colleagues.

"His family are heartbroken at the tragic and sudden loss of such a generous and loving son, brother and grandson."

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