M62 crash

Investigations are on-going after a crash between a lorry and a minibus on the M62 near Pontefract left one woman dead and 21 others injured.

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Schoolchildren show support for M62 crash victims

Schoolchildren from the same village as Bethany Jones, who died in the M62 bus crash, have been remembering the teenager a week after the devastating accident.

A minute's silence is being held ahead of a meeting of South Elmsall Town Council called at short notice to decide how best to help the survivors of last Friday's crash.

A new fund has also been set up to offer financial help to the victims who were injured.


Inquest opens into death of M62 crash victim

Bethany Jones

An inquest into the death of a trainee nurse, who died in a mini-bus crash on the M62 last week, has been opened.

18-year-old Bethany Jones was killed after the bus and lorry collided on the west bound carriageway of the motorway at junction 32 near to Pontefract on Friday.

Bethany was one of a group of 21 who were travelling from South Elmsall to Liverpool for a hen night. Seven people including the bride-to-be remain in hospital.

M62 crash families praise medical staff

In a written statement, a spokesman for the families affected by Friday's M62 crash praised medical staff and extended their deepest sympathies to Bethany Jones' loved ones.

We would like to thank everyone for their good wishes at this terrible time. A number of serious injuries have been incurred and we are hoping that full recoveries will be made by those affected by the accident. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to both the emergency services and the medical staff at the hospitals where the patients are being treated. We extend our sincere condolences to Beth's family and friends - she was a beautiful young lady and they are all in our thoughts and prayers.

– spokesman for families


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Brother of M62 victim: She was a ‘beautiful, caring’ girl

Ryan Jones, whose 18-year-old sister died in the M62 crash in West Yorkshire, has paid an emotional tribute to Bethany.

His mother and other sister – Diane and Amy - were also involved in the accident and he said they are “on the mend” in hospital.

“She was the most beautiful, caring girl I’ve ever met - my baby sister. I just hope she’s at peace now.

“She’s loved by everyone around her, nobody could say a bad word about our Bethany.

“She’d just started university this year… She always looked up to me.”

The teenager was travelling with friends from South Elmsall in West Yorkshire to Liverpool for a hen party when their minibus collided with a lorry near junction 32.

Fundraising in memory of Bethany Jones

Fundraising page set up in memory of Bethany Jones Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Nearly £4000 has been raised so far for the Air Ambulance service by friends and family of tragic teenager Bethany Jones who died in an accident at the weekend.

Bethany was travelling in a minibus to a hen party in Liverpool when it was in collision with a lorry. Six air ambulances were called to the scene to airlift the injured passengers to hospital. A fundraising page has been set up in Bethany's memory at Justgiving.com

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