An operations manager who died in a car accident near Tixover has been described as “a wonderful man” by his work colleagues.
Iain MacDonald, 47, of Uppingham, died when his red Toyota MR2 Roadster was involved in a collision with a green Vauxhall Astra on the A47, near the junction with the A43, at about 4.30pm on Friday.
The driver of the Astra received serious injuries and was taken to University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire, where he remains in a stable condition.
Mr MacDonald was operations manager at Rutland Cycling and had been with the company for nine years.
Rutland Cycling director Tim Harris said: “His loss has touched everybody.
“He worked all over the company in almost every department and he knew almost everybody here. He has been a constant throughout our development.
“He had a lot of passion for the company and the people he worked with. He was always very approachable and like a father figure to a lot of people here.
“He was just a wonderful man and everyone is very deeply upset at the tragic news. He will be greatly missed.”
The company also put a tribute on its Facebook page which said: “Mac, we’ll always remember you for your passion, perfectly timed hugs, solutions not problems, and a heart big enough to love and care for us all at Rutland Cycling.
“You made such a difference because you cared.”
Mr MacDonald leaves wife Jane, who is head of finance at Rutland Cycling, and two teenage sons Adam and Alex.
Police are investigating the incident.
Det Con Kath Orr said: “The Vauxhall Astra was travelling along the A47 towards Peterborough and the Toyota was travelling in the opposite direction when the collision occurred, less than a mile before the junction with the A43.
“If you were travelling along this road around 4.30pm on Friday and witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle beforehand we would urge you to contact us.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 and ask to speak to DC 4406 Kath Orr.
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