Autism school ‘dev­as­tated’ as three staff die in M4 crash

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THREE staff mem­bers from a cen­tre for chil­dren with autism were killed in a mo­tor­way crash when a minibus car­ry­ing them and three young peo­ple col­lided with a lorry

The driver, a mem­ber of staff at Prior’s Court Foun­da­tion in Thatcham, Berks, died in hospi­tal yes­ter­day fol­low­ing the tragedy on the M4 on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Thames Val­ley Po­lice said.

Two other mem­bers of staff were pro­nounced dead at the scene.

An­other two staff mem­bers were last night in crit­i­cal con­di­tions in hospi­tal, while one pupil from the cen­tre re­quired surgery on a leg and a fur­ther two es­caped with mi­nor in­juries.

Mike Robin­son, the foun­da­tion’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said the news was “ut- terly dev­as­tat­ing”. He added: “At the same time, we feel un­be­liev­ably blessed that the three young peo­ple they were work­ing with yes­ter­day es­caped with more mi­nor in­juries.”

The M4 was tem­po­rar­ily closed in both di­rec­tions to al­low air am­bu­lances to land af­ter the two ve­hi­cles col­lided be­tween junc­tion 14 at Hunger­ford and junc­tion 13 at Chieve­ley.

The driver of the lorry es­caped the crash with mi­nor in­juries.

Po­lice said no ar­rests had been made and in­ves­ti­ga­tions were on­go­ing.

Insp Andy Storey, of the Roads Polic­ing Team, ap­pealed for wit­nesses to the crash or those with “dash-cam footage” to contact po­lice on 101.

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