Stoke & Staffordshire

A5 Cannock lorry crash: Tributes paid to scout leader

John Taylor
Image caption John Taylor had been a scout leader for 15 years, his family said

A scout leader who died after being hit by a lorry in Staffordshire has been described by his family as a loving father and husband.

John Taylor, 43, of Dartmouth Road, Cannock, was injured on the A5 in the town on Saturday morning.

Mr Taylor was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent, where he later died.

His family said he had been with the 2nd Great Wyrley St Thomas Moore Scout Group for 15 years and will be missed.

A statement from Mr Taylor's family read: "John was a loving father to Beth and Ben, husband of Diane, son of Neil and Betty and brother to Clare, Adele and Damian.

"He was a kind, caring, considerate man who always put others before himself and had a great sense of humour.

"John, who worked as a housing support manager for 13 years, will be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues.

"The tragedy has come as a horrendous shock and loss to his family who would like to thank emergency services, medical staff at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and all well-wishers for their kind words of support throughout this difficult time."

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 60s from Cheshire, was not injured.

The vehicle was travelling in the direction of the M6.

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