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Woman hit by lorry in Rainham lived life with ‘joy and laughter’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 February 2015

Jo Taylor photographed with friend Jo Cline, who was killed when she was hit by a lorry at a Tesco distribution centre in Rainham. Picture: Jo Taylor

Jo Taylor photographed with friend Jo Cline, who was killed when she was hit by a lorry at a Tesco distribution centre in Rainham. Picture: Jo Taylor

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An investigation is under way after a 50-year-old woman was hit by a lorry in a fatal incident at a Tesco distribution centre.

The Tesco distribution centre in Rainham, where Jo Cline died after being hit by a lorry. Picture: Vickie FloresThe Tesco distribution centre in Rainham, where Jo Cline died after being hit by a lorry. Picture: Vickie Flores

Jo Cline was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics after the collision just after midnight on Wednesday.

Ms Cline, employed as a lorry driver, had been trapped under the vehicle at the centre, at the Beam Reach Business Park, in Consul Avenue, Rainham.

There have been no arrests, but officers from the serious collision investigation unit are looking into the incident.

Friends and colleagues of Ms Cline, who had a son and lived in Wickford, Essex, have shared their grief.

Jo Taylor, 47, had known her for more than a decade after they bonded through their passion for singing.

They were part of a circle of friends who enjoyed visiting venues such as karaoke bars.

Ms Taylor, from Grays, Essex, said: “I just can’t believe it; it is such a shock.

“One of my friends said he thought it was Jo and I got a really bad feeling.

“I can’t get my head around it; I keep thinking about how it happened.”

Ms Taylor spoke of her friend as a bubbly woman, who “loved singing” and her job.

She said: “I didn’t see enough of her because she was always working.

“Nobody had a bad word to say about her and I’m going to miss her so much.”

Before working for Tesco, Ms Cline was employed at companies such as the Co-op and served in the Royal Air Force.

Ali Nicoll, who worked with her at the latter,described her death as “terrible”.

She said: “My memories of Jo will be filled with joy and laughter.”

Phil Bingham, who worked with Ms Cline at the Co-op’s distribution centre in Thurrock, Essex, added: “It is difficult to believe what happened and I give my heartfelt condolences to her family.

“Jo was warm, friendly and ever helpful, always smiling.

“It was a pleasure to have known her.”


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