Passenger, 20, killed in ring road lorry tragedy

A YOUNG man died when a scaffolding lorry overturned on the Avon Ring Road.

Tyler Carley, who was 20, was killed when the lorry he was a passenger in collided with the central reservation of the A4174 between the Dramway and Siston Hill roundabouts, at around 5.25pm on December 5.

An Avon and Somerset police spokesperson said: “Sadly, a passenger of the vehicle died at the scene.

“Their next of kin has been informed and our thoughts are with them at this time.

“A specially trained officer will provide them with support as we investigate what happened.”

Police confirmed that the 37-year-old driver of the lorry had been treated in hospital for minor injuries before being arrested in connection with the incident and taken into custody.

He was then released under investigation while further enquiries take place.

Officers said no other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the incident.

Police did not confirm the identity of the passenger.

A fundraising campaign in Tyler’s memory to help pay the costs of his funeral was launched online and had raised more than £8,700 as the Voice went to print.

More than 630 friends and well-wishers donated towards the Gofundme campaign, which was organised by family friend Sammie England, who said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents, siblings and the rest of the family at this very difficult time.

“The unexpected loss of a child is hard at any time but with it being right before Christmas, I’m hoping to raise as much as possible to give this beautiful boy the send off he deserves.”

The Voice is sharing the details of the fundraiser with the agreement of Sammie and Tyler’s family.

The page can be found at

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with dashcam footage to contact them by calling 101 and quoting the incident reference number 5223 297 300.

The ring road remained closed between the two roundabouts for more than a day after the incident, for investigations and work to repair the carriageway.

One lane of the northbound carriageway opened on the afternoon following the crash but the southbound carriageway stayed closed for a second night.

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said “substantial” repairs were needed to the central reservation and a large diesel spill across both southbound lanes meant the road had to be resurfaced.

Drivers diverted away from the ring road were using alternative routes through Mangotsfield, Emersons Green, Shortwood and Siston, with residents reporting queues on roads in each area.