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UPDATE: Third Person Dies After M4 Crash

A third person has now been confirmed dead following yesterday's crash on the M4 in Berkshire.

The driver of a minibus from Prior's Court School which was involved in a crash with a lorry has died in hospital.

The school announced last night that two members of staff had been killed in the crash, which happened between Hungerford and Chieveley yesterday afternoon.

Prior's Court CEO Mike Robinson has issued this statement:

"The staff at Prior’s Court are remarkable people doing extraordinary things to transform the lives of those young people most challenged by autism.

It is utterly devastating that 3 of our colleagues have lost their lives, and 2 are critically ill, as a result of the tragic accident yesterday.

All our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected.

At the same time, we feel unbelievably blessed that the 3 young people they were working with yesterday escaped with more minor injuries. 2 of the young people returned to us from hospital last night and the third is recovering from an operation to his leg.

Our focus is now to support the families of the staff members involved and also our wider community of young people, staff and families at Prior’s Court.

Somehow we will get through today, tomorrow and the day after. Prior’s Court will never be quite the same again, but I know that my remarkable colleagues will honour the memory of those we have lost by continuing their amazing work with our young people."

Earlier today, Newbury MP Richard Benyon and West Berkshire Council both sent their condolences to the school.

Mr Benyon said, "Priors Court is an inspirational place doing extraordinary work for severely autistic young people. It is a close knit community and must be feeling traumatized by the tragic events yesterday.

"Along with everyone in West Berkshire I send all at Priors Court my deepest sympathy at such a sad time.”

Councillor Lynne Doherty, Executive Member for Children and Young People at West Berkshire Council, said, “It was with deep sadness that we learnt yesterday that two members of staff had lost their lives. On behalf of the Council and all our schools we send our condolences to their families, friends and colleagues.

“Schools are tight-knit communities and I know everyone at Priors Court will be devastated today. Our thoughts are with the whole school community and in particular with the staff and young adults who were injured. We wish them – and the HGV driver injured - speedy recoveries.”

Police want to hear from anyone who may have dashcam footage of what happened.

They're asking them to call 101 quoting reference number URN 545 (11/10)

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