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Ormskirk school pays tribute to M58 victims

m58 crash victims

6:09pm 10th January 2019

The headteacher of a school which lost a staff member and pupil in a crash on the M58 have paid tribute.

14-year-old Joe Cairns and Anne Kerr, 50, died at the scene of the multi-vehicle crash on Tuesday (8/1/19).

The minibus they were travelling in had been carrying staff and pupils from Pontville School in Ormskirk.

Three others are still in hospital, while Anne and Joe sadly lost their lives.

Headteacher Justine Sims has released the following tribute on behalf of the school;

We were deeply shocked to learn of the terrible accident that took place involving a minibus carrying a number of our young people and staff.

Staff, pupils and parents have all been hugely upset and affected by the sad news and events.

Tragically, we can confirm that one pupil, 14-year-old Joe Cairns and one member of staff, Anne Kerr, died at the scene of the accident.

Our hearts are filled with sadness as we grieve the loss of these two much loved individuals who are both valued members of our school community.

It is really hard to describe Joe in just a few sentences. A lovely young boy with the most amazing sense of humour. Bright, articulate and observant, a ray of sunshine and laughter for all at Pontville School. Joe is in our hearts and minds forever.

Anne, a pupil transport assistant, was a caring member of staff who went out of her way to support the young people at Pontville.

We have been inundated with condolence wishes for both Joe and Anne from our families and pupils, including those involved in the incident.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with both families at this difficult time.

Our thoughts are also with our staff member and three pupils who were injured in the accident and are currently in hospital.

This is an enormously distressing time for everyone associated with the school. Our priority is to provide as much support as we can for pupils, parents, colleagues and families.

We have brought additional staff in from other schools in our Group to help, including mental health practitioners and psychologists, and this assistance will continue for as long as it is needed.

We would ask that the privacy of our pupils and staff is respected at this time.

A 31-year-old man from Chorley, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He's been bailed as enquiries continue.

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