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Third person confirmed dead after a major collision on M4

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A third member of staff from a school for people with autism has died from injuries sustained in minibus crash on the M4 in Berkshire.

The fatality was confirmed at a press conference at Prior's Court School.

Police were called at around 12.20pm on Thursday to a crash involving a lorry and a minibus.

The road was closed heading eastbound between junction 14 at Hungerford and junction 13 at Chieveley, but has since fully re-opened to traffic.

Thames Valley Police confirmed two other passengers in the minibus remain in hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Three further passengers were also taken to hospital, two of which have since been discharged.

The third passenger is still being treated in hospital.

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Thames Valley Police released a statement confirming the death of the third staff member.

At around 12.20pm (12/10) Thames Valley Police and other partner agencies were called to the scene of a serious road traffic collision in West Berkshire.

“The collision occurred on the M4 between junction 14 at Hungerford and Junction 13 at Chieveley and involved a heavy goods vehicle and a minibus with staff and young people on board from Prior’s Court Foundation.

“Tragically, two members of staff died at the scene.

“Sadly, we can also confirm that the driver of the minibus, a member of staff from Prior’s Court, who was yesterday taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, died earlier today.

“Two other passengers in the minibus were also taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries where they continue to receive medical care at this time.

“Three further passengers were also taken to hospital. Two of these passengers have since been discharged. The third passenger is still being treated in hospital.

“The driver of the HGV suffered minor injuries and was also taken to hospital but has since been discharged.

“No-one has been arrested at this time. The ongoing investigation will seek to establish what happened in this tragic incident.

“Our thoughts remain with all of those involved in this collision. Specially trained Family Liaison Officers are providing support to the families and we are in regular contact with the school.

“This is an ongoing investigation and we would ask the public not to speculate about the circumstances of this incident.

“Anyone who witnessed the collision or who has dash-cam footage in that area at the time of the incident is asked to contact Police on 101 or via our website. Please quote URN 545 (11/10)”

– Thames Valley Police

Prior's Court School's Chief Executive released a statement on the night of the incident.

I speak on behalf of us all at Prior’s Court when I say we are devastated about the road traffic collision which happened today. I send my deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the two people who lost their lives.

“At this time, there are three further staff members receiving treatment and my thoughts are very much with them and their families. In such tragic circumstances, we are grateful that all the young people involved are safe and without serious injuries, and we will be doing everything we can to safeguard their wellbeing at hospital and upon their return."

– Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, Prior’s Court