April 24 2014 Latest news:
Monday, February 24, 2014
More flowers and tributes have been laid near the spot where a teenage girl was killed in a collision with a bus at Caister.
A set of metal railings on Ormesby Road have been lined with flowers, cards and candles in memory of the youngster, named locally as 14-year-old Shannon Goodson from Great Yarmouth.
Grieving messages have also been scrawled on a nearby lamppost.
A police investigation into the circumstances of the fatal crash on Saturday is ongoing, as officers continue to appeal for witnesses.
Shannon’s death has triggered an outpouring of grief from across the borough, with people taking to social media sites to post their tributes to the “beautiful” teen.
A Facebook tribute page set up in her name has continued to be swamped with comments as more than 4,500 people have now ‘liked’ the page.
Posting on the site Kim White said: “RIP beautiful angel.Thoughts are with family and friends at this terrible time, I can’t begin to imagine the pain you are all feeling. So sorry x.”
Emergency services, including the East Anglian Air Ambulance, were called to the road at 4pm on Saturday after Shannon was involved in collision with a single-decker Sanders coach.
Neighbours said they heard the helicopter landing and a series of sirens as police and paramedics rushed to the scene.
Alastair Brown, from St Hilda Road, was alerted to the incident by his daughter.
He said: “She turned up with my grandchildren and she came flying in and said ‘there’s an accident on the road’.
“From what my daughter could gather from bystanders, they said a small bus hit this girl.
“You could hear the sirens come from all over and then about five, 10 minutes later the air ambulance turned up.
“I could see from the bottom of my garden the paramedics working on the young girl.”
Charles Sanders, managing director of Sanders Coaches, said the company was “very sorry” for the teen and her family.
“We don’t know too much exactly about what happened at the moment,” he added. “The driver was quite shaken.
“Until the police have done their investigations we’re just basically as much in the dark as anyone else.”
Tony Smith, borough councillor for Caister north, said: “It’s horrible. I’m 66 in October, I have had the best years of my life but at 14 you haven’t really got started. That’s what I find so sad, and have so much sympathy for her parents and her friends, they must be in a total state of shock”
■ Witnesses should call the serious collision investigation team on 101.