Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Know It Was Important to Gordon His Passengers Were OK. It Would Matter to Him They Survived' Tragic Bus Driver's Widow Speaks of Loss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Know It Was Important to Gordon His Passengers Were OK. It Would Matter to Him They Survived' Tragic Bus Driver's Widow Speaks of Loss

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Byline: Alastair Craig

THE grieving widow of a bus driver killed in a head-on crash has spoken of the family's heartbreak at losing a "wonderful" father and grandfather.

Gordon Hutchinson, 58, died when the 28-seat mini-link bus he was driving with three passengers on board collided with an empty 70-seater coach on North View, Newfield, near Chester-le-Street.

His widow Ingrid, a grandmother-of-one, said: "I got off his bus in the morning and that was the last time I saw him.

"It's been such a long, difficult period coming to terms with it. I don't think the pain ever goes away. I think about it every day. We all miss him terribly.

"It's just little things which make you realise. If I stay out late at the bingo I think to myself, 'I'm going to be in trouble for being late'. Then you realise there's no one at home, the house is empty. "We were together 38 years, we were best friends. He knew what I needed. He could read my mind and I could read his mind. When you've been together for so long you get so close.

"I've seen pictures of the crash. I know no one could survive that. No one knows what happened, but I know it was important to Gordon his passengers were OK. It would matter to him they survived."

The death of the Ordinance Corps veteran has left a huge hole in his family's life. As well as his three sons, Alan, 37, Mark, 36, and Paul, 35, Gordon's brothers, aunts and uncles have been left to mourn his loss.

All returned to his Lowther Street home in Chester-le-Street on the shock news of his death.

Ingrid, who he met and married while serving with the Army in Germany, said: "I was on my computer at home when Gordon's auntie rang and asked me if I'd heard about the crash.

"There are so many buses I didn't think it could be him. I started trying to phone his mobile, but I kept getting his answering machine. When he didn't call me back, I started to worry."

Ingrid was making tea when she saw police coming to her front door. …

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