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Family tribute to woman who died in M4 crash

Lorraine Macllelan has been named as one of the vicims of the M4 crash Photo: Thames Valley Police

The family of a woman who died at the scene of a collision between a minibus and a lorry on the M4 in Berkshire have paid tribute to her.

Thames Valley Police have today officially released the name of Lorraine Maclellan, aged 60, from Farnborough in Hampshire.

She was in the minibus which was travelling from the Prior's Court residential school for young people with autism in Thatcham. The accident happened at about 12.20pm on Thursday 11th October, between junction 14 at Hungerford and junction 14 at Chieveley.

Two members of staff, including Lorraine Maclellan, died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the minibus, also a member of staff, later died from their injuries in hospital. A number of other people also needed medical treatment.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses and for anyone with dashcam footage taken in the area at the time to come forward.

“Lorraine was a loving mother, grandma, daughter, sister and friend.

“She was caring, kind-hearted and adored her grandchildren, and we will all miss her so much.

“She loved her job at Prior’s Court School in Thatcham, and was loved by colleagues and the children at the school.

“We have been overwhelmed by all the support and kindness offered from everyone.

“We are utterly heartbroken. Our mum wasn’t just our mum, but our best friend.”

– Tribute from family of Lorraine Maclellan