July 23 2014 Latest news:
Friday, March 28, 2014
A group of Gorleston students have told of how they helped to try and save the victims of a fatal crash.
The teenagers from East Norfolk Sixth Form College were travelling on the A47 near King’s Lynn yesterday when they saw a car and lorry collide and immediately jumped from their minibus to help.
Tragically the crash claimed the lives of the three passengers in the silver Kia Cee’d car, who police today identified as Jeffrey Hain, 66, his wife Marion, 69, and their son Christopher, 36, from Newhey, Rochdale.
The students - who are all studying for a BTEC in public services with the aim of going into the uniformed services - have since been hailed for their efforts by the emergency services and teachers.
Daphne King, principal of the Church Lane college, said: “The staff are very proud of the students and we are all very proud of the staff as well, who dealt so professionally with such a horrendous and unexpected situation.
“They are incredibly brave.”
The group of 12 students and three staff were on their way to the Peak District to take part in an outdoor assessment, when the accident unfolded.
Adam Legind, 17, from Lowestoft, who wants to become a firefighter, went to help the man in the back of the car.
He said: “We tried to pull him out but we couldn’t because his leg was stuck. He was in and out of consciousness.
“We just thought we have got to go out and help.”
The crash happened just after 11am and the three deaths brings the toll on the A47 in Norfolk to 64 since 2005. The triple tragedy also led to fresh calls for the road to be dualled.
For the full story see tomorrow’s EDP.