Tributes have been paid to a couple who were killed by timber which fell from a lorry, leaving their 18-month-old son orphaned.
Pedestrians Tom Matts, 29, and Terri-Ann Barnett, 24, died on Monday after a heavy goods vehicle shed its load of timber building supplies in Hereford.
West Mercia Police said Mr Matts was taken by paramedics from the scene of the incident, near a railway bridge on the city’s Belmont Road, to Hereford County Hospital. He was declared dead on arrival.
Miss Barnett, a shop assistant, was airlifted to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she died on Monday evening.
The couple, of Broxash Drive, Hereford, had been walking along Belmont Road after dropping their son Morgan off at nursery when the incident happened at about 10.30am, police said.
Mark Matts, one of Mr Matts’ six brothers, said: “We are all in complete shock. This is a tragedy that has left their son as an orphan.
“Tom was a loving brother and friend who will be sadly missed. He was fun-loving, easy-going and a doting father, he will be seriously missed by everybody.”
Miss Barnett’s father Ralph said: “Terri used to be a real party girl in her day and had lots of friends in Hereford.
“Since Morgan was born she had become an outstanding mother.
“She and Tom were both besotted with Morgan and were devoted to him. They were lovely parents and were planning on getting married next year.”
Mr Barnett added: “We would like to thank all those people who tried to help Terri and Tom - from the emergency services and hospital staff to the passers-by on Belmont Road who came to their aid.”
A police spokesman said: “The driver of the heavy goods vehicle was arrested on Monday on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on police bail while the investigation continues.”