Friday, 26 April 2013

M62 crash: woman dead after hen party minibus collides with lorry

A bride was fighting for her life last night after her hen party minibus overturned in a motorway crash. Her friend Bethany Jones, 18, was killed and six other women, all from the bus, were seriously injured in the smash on the M62. Bride Stefanie Firth, 24, was airlifted to hospital and was understood to be in intensive care with spinal injuries. Her fiance Gary Leafe, 28, rushed to her hospital bedside and was told his mum Lesley, 56, was also critically injured. Tragic Bethany’s mum and 24-year-old sister Amy were said to be critically injured.Chartered accountant Pritpal Singh, 28, from Leeds, was travelling on the M62 back to his office when the accident happened. He said: "I was about a third of a mile back from where the accident was, I got out and walked up to the scene. "There were probably about 10 to 15 ambulances, as many police cars, several fire engines. "In the midst of all the emergency vehicles I could just about see the scene of the accident. "I could see a minibus which was on its side. It had quite a severe amount of damage on the right hand side. The lorry which had collided with it was on the main motorway." It remained unclear last night what caused the crash, and locals reported that the area had been enjoying fine weather. Frozen food company Farmfoods, whose lorry was involved in the crash, said they could not comment at this stage.

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