A FAMILY have spoken of their devastation following the death of a husband and father-of-two in a horrific road traffic accident.
And hundreds of tributes have flooded in to Nigel Davies, 48, from Penyffordd, near Mold, who was named yesterday as one of two motorcyclists killed in the multi-vehicle collision on Sunday on the A5104 between Penyffordd and Pontblyddyn.
The accident at about 12.50pm involved seven vehicles – a Vauxhall Meriva and three motorcycles travelling in the direction of Pontblyddyn and three motorcycles travelling in the direction of Penyffordd.
The second motorcyclist who died at the scene was being named as Steve Hill, of Frodsham, Cheshire.
Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading up to it to contact them.
In a short statement issued by North Wales Police yesterday, Mr Davies’s family spoke of their loss and thanked well-wishers for their support.
They said: “Nigel worked for Shotton Paper Mill for 25 years and was well-liked and respected. He will be sorely missed.
“His family and friends are devastated by the loss of this wonderful husband, father and friend.
“Nigel was always smiling and always helped family and friends in need of his help.
“We would like to express our gratitude for the kind comments and heartfelt wishes at this tragic time.”
Following the collision another motorcyclist was taken by air ambulance to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in a serious condition.
A further two casualties were taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital in ambulances and another two to the Countess of Chester Hospital.
A police spokesman said the five casualties were taken to hospital for treatment to non-life threatening injuries.
Sgt Gwyndaf Jones of the North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit said: “I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this collision or who may have seen any of the vehicles involved prior to the collision to contact me on 101.”
Police are appealing for information following the incident.
A North Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesman confirmed crews from Deeside and Buckley were also in attendance.
NIGEL Davies’s daughters, Jess and Emily Davies, have left personal tributes to their father on social media site Facebook.
Jess said: “Yesterday I lost not only my dad, but my role model and my best friend.
“Such a sad and horrific way to go, innocently riding your motorbike and doing what you loved to do.
“It doesn’t feel real and I can’t accept that it is yet. An amazing, caring and funny man that was loved by so many has gone too soon. I love you to pieces Dad forever and always, R.I.P.”
Emily wrote: “I can’t even believe this has happened to such a lovely, caring man. Why is it all the good people in the world are taken from us?
“You never know what you have until it’s gone. It still hasn’t sunk in. I love you loads, daddy. Rest in peace, beautiful.”
Hundreds of friends, family and colleagues responded with messages of support and tributes to “a great man”.
Christine Jane Stocker said she was devastated and described Mr Davies as “an absolutely fantastic friend to everyone”.
Charlotte Openshaw said he was “the best man anyone could of possibly met”.
Emma Foley wrote: “Nigel truly was one in a million” and Amber Davies described “Uncle Nige” as “the funniest man ever”.
Amy Glendenning said: “He will be missed and remembered by all who knew and loved him. A truly incredible man.”
Tracey Rigby said Mr Davies was “one of the nicest men I’ve ever ever had the pleasure to have met in my life”.
Colleagues added their tributes.
Dan Richards said it had been a pleasure to work alongside Mr Davies for the last eight years. “He’s a top bloke who’d do anything for anyone.”
Natasha Cooper wrote: “Your dad was an amazing bloke – always happy and smiling and that is how everyone at Shotton Paper will remember him.”
Debbie Madeley said: “He was a cracker and a good mate to many of us.”
Ian Pollitt wrote: “He was a top bloke with a big smile and always had time for you.”
Jeff Carruthers wrote: “Your dad was a lovely guy who had time for everyone and anyone. Most importantly he was so proud of his wife and daughters.”
And Jay Dowd wrote: “Nige was THE nicest guy anyone could have ever worked with. He would have me laughing every single time I spoke to him.
Alastair Jones said: “Nige had a gift for making those he was with feel better for having spent time with him. He always shared that gift and I’m sure it lives on in his children. I was fortunate to know your dad.”
Heather Bland described Mr Davies as “a wonderful man, loving husband, father and a great friend who will be missed but never forgotten”.
Tom Jackson paid tribute to a “real gent” and Sam Glendenning described “a great man”
Dawn Price wrote: “I just can’t believe that life can be so cruel. Your dad was funny and witty and his family was his world.”