Three men killed in col­li­sion on M1

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

THREE men died af­ter a coach smashed into a bro­ken-down car on the M1 at the week­end.

Nathan Reeves and Tom Aldridge from New­port Pagnell, and Al­lan Evans, from Is­ling­ton, Lon­don, died when the car they were in was hit by a dou­ble-decker coach.

The crash hap­pened at 6.46am on the hard shoul­der of the M1 north­bound, be­tween junc­tion 12 and 13.

The coach driver was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing death by danger­ous driv­ing at the scene and has been re­leased on un­con­di­tional bail un­til May.

A fourth man, in his 20s and from New­port Pagnell, was air­lifted to the John Rad­cliffe Hos­pi­tal, in Ox­ford, where he is in a se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion fol­low­ing surgery.

The men who died were trav­el­ling back home from Lon­don.

They were killed af­ter a coach crashed into their sta­tion­ary car.

The three friends were trav­el­ling back from a night out in Lon­don in a blue Audi A3 be­fore dawn on Satur­day morn­ing when the car broke down.

They were be­ing driven by Mr Evans.

It is be­lieved he was a fam­ily friend giv­ing the trio a lift home.

As all four sat in the ve­hi­cle on the hard shoul­der near Fl­itwick, Bed­ford­shire, the dou­bledecker coach al­legedly veered off the car­riage­way and slammed into the car.

Nathan and Tom died in­stantly, along with Mr Evans. No­body on board the coach, which is be­lieved to have been car­ry­ing a cheer­lead­ing team from Kent, was hurt.

On Satur­day night Nathan’s fam­ily were be­ing com­forted at the home he shared with his mother Lynn in New­port Pagnell, Bucks.

The next of kin of the other vic­tims have been in­formed and are be­ing sup­ported by trained fam­ily li­ai­son of­fi­cers.

Nathan’s rel­a­tives have been dealt a dou­ble tragedy as the young vic­tim’s cousin Shane Wil­lett, 36, was killed four months ago when his crashed car burst into flames.

Nathan’s aunt, Cathy Reeves-Macey, tweeted: “Can’t be­lieve it to think two young neph­ews in this photo are gone.

“My heart is truly bro­ken x Two neph­ews gone in 4 months, my fam­ily don’t un­der­stand how life can be so cruel!

“We’re in shock, how can this be real? My poor fam­ily.” “ON Satur­day morn­ing, Fe­bru­ary 14, 2015 – Valen­tine’s Day – our beau­ti­ful son Tom was trag­i­cally taken from us, whilst a pas­sen­ger in an hor­rific col­li­sion on the M1.

“He had been to a party in Lon­don with his friends and, by all ac­counts, had had a great night out. It was on the way back, hav­ing got a lift, that he was killed.

“Tom was a very gen­er­ous and lov­ing boy, loved not just by his fam­ily but by his many, many, friends. Tom would help ev­ery­one who needed it and has seen friends through many hard times, al­ways putting them first.” “ON Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 14, 2015, St Valen­tine’s Day, our lives changed for­ever when Nathan was taken from us.

“My gor­geous, gor­geous boy – with a smile that could melt any­one’s heart – lived his very short life to the full and my heart is full of love and pride for hav­ing this beau­ti­ful per­son as part of my life.

“He was much loved by all his friends and fam­ily and our hearts are break­ing know­ing that we will not see that cheeky grin again, apart from in our won­der­ful mem­o­ries of him.”

VIC­TIM: Al­lan Evans, 59, of Is­ling­ton, Lon­don “AL­LAN was a carer for his el­derly mother and was such a lov­ing, kind-hearted son, brother, and un­cle.

“He al­ways looked out for oth­ers who came into his life and will be sorely missed by his mum, sis­ters, wider fam­ily and friends.”

VIC­TIM: Nathan Reeves, 23, of New­port Pagnell

VIC­TIM: Tom Aldridge,20, of New­port Pagnell

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