Newlywed father is killed and wife is fighting for life after crash

Newlywed father is killed and his bride is left fighting for life weeks after tying the knot after their car was crushed in horror HGV pile-up in Yorkshire – that also seriously injured his son, 10

  • Alex Firth in his 30s died at the scene of the pile-up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire
  • His wife Kirsty – whom he only married in February – was airlifted to hospital 
  • Mr Firth’s injured ten-year-old son was in back seat of car on Sunday afternoon
  • Mrs Firth is in a critical condition, while Mr Firth’s son is in a stable condition

By Mark Duell for MailOnline

Published: 13:23, 7 April 2022 | Updated: 13:43, 7 April 2022

A newlywed father in his 30s has died while his wife is fighting for life in hospital after their car was crushed in a five-vehicle smash just weeks after they married.

Alex Firth, who worked as a postman for Royal Mail in Leeds, died at the scene of the pile-up which involved the couple’s Vauxhall Astra and a lorry in Barnsley.

His wife Kirsty Firth, also in her 30s – whom he only married in February – was airlifted to hospital along with Mr Firth’s injured ten-year-old son, who was in the back seat.

South Yorkshire Police said the crash happened on Sunday afternoon at about 1.30pm and also involved a red Mini, a white Mercedes and a black Kia.

Mrs Firth is in a critical condition, while Mr Firth’s son is in a stable condition. None of the occupants of the other vehicles, including the HGV, suffered serious injuries. 

Alex Firth, who worked as a postman for Royal Mail in Leeds, pictured with his wife Kirsty Firth

Newlywed father is killed and wife is fighting for life after crash

Alex and Kirsty Firth had only married each other in February. The crash happened on Sunday

Friends said the couple were preparing to go on their honeymoon when the crash happened on the A637 Claycliffe Road in the Barugh Green area of Barnsley.

Mr Firth’s best man Christopher Moscrop said on Facebook: ‘You were my best friend who I could always talk to and laugh. I’m happy you were in my life.

‘I’m proud I was your best man at your wedding and godfather to your son.

I will cherish the memories we had together. I will never forget you.’

And Stuart Popple – who is the grandfather to Mr Firth’s injured son, who is from his first marriage – said: ‘Such sad news and a tragic waste of a precious life.

Newlywed father is killed and wife is fighting for life after crash

Alex and Kirsty Firth are pictured on their wedding day just two months ago in February

Newlywed father is killed and wife is fighting for life after crash

Mr Firth died at the scene of the pile-up in Barnsley which left his wife Kirsty fighting for life

‘Alex – you were a number one dad to my oldest grandson, who loved you to bits, still does, and always will. I can’t thank you enough for such a special gift.

‘I promise you this, I could never replace you, but I will do my very best to help bring your son up properly, experiencing love and happiness, as you have done this far.’

Mr Popple added that he will ‘be forever there’ for Mr Firth’s son and ‘will do my best to answer all his questions and help your memory to live on’.

Fellow postal worker Kelly Steele said: ‘Every time I saw you at work you were always wearing a smile.

Such a good lad. Thinking of your family and friends.’

Newlywed father is killed and wife is fighting for life after crash

The crash happened on the A637 Claycliffe Road in Barugh Green, Barnsley on Sunday

And his friend Stephanie Brown wrote: ‘My heart has been breaking since I found out. Alex was the nicest man I met, with not a bad bone in his body.

‘Kirsty is also amazing, and I hope you pull through.

My thoughts are with all your family. I’m absolutely heartbroken for you.’

A Royal Mail colleague said that Mr Firth, who worked at the Seacroft Delivery Office in Leeds, was a ‘highly valued and well-liked member of the team’.

They told the Yorkshire Evening Post: ‘Not only was he a great postie but a fantastic lad who had a lot of time for everyone. We are all deeply saddened by this tragic incident, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Alex’s family and friends.’

Newlywed father is killed and wife is fighting for life after crash

Friends said the Firths were preparing to go on their honeymoon when the crash happened

Newlywed father is killed and wife is fighting for life after crash

Mr Firth died at the scene of the crash which involved the car he was in with his wife Kirsty

A police spokesman said: ‘On Sunday April 3, at around 1.30pm, officers responded to a collision involving a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) and a number of other vehicles.

‘The driver of a Vauxhall Astra involved in the collision, a man in his thirties, suffered serious injuries and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

His family are being supported by specially trained officers.

‘The front passenger in the Vauxhall Astra, a woman in her thirties, was conveyed to hospital via ambulance with serious injuries and remains in a critical condition.

‘The rear seat passenger, a 10-year-old boy, was also conveyed to hospital with serious injuries, and is now in a stable condition.

Newlywed father is killed and wife is fighting for life after crash

Mr Firth, pictured with his wife Kirsty, was a ‘highly valued and well-liked’ Royal Mail worker

Newlywed father is killed and wife is fighting for life after crash

Mr Firth has died, while Mrs Firth is in a critical condition and his son is in a stable condition

‘It is believed that a red Mini, a white Mercedes and a black Kia were also involved in the collision, alongside the HGV.

‘None of the occupants of these vehicles received serious injuries during the collision.’

Police said officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision, or who may have dash cam footage of the collision or cars before the crash.

People can call 101 quoting incident number 407 of 3 April 2022, and email footage to enquries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk with the incident number in the subject.

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