Autism school teacher and ‘loving mother and grandma’ dies in M4 minibus crash

October 15, 2018
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An autism school teacher and “loving mother and grandma” has sadly died following a minibus crash on the M4.

Lorraine Maclellan, from Farnborough, was one of three people who lost their lives when a minibus carrying young adults and staff collided with a lorry on Thursday afternoon (October 11).

The 60-year-old’s family and Prior’s Court school for young people with autism, where she worked, have both expressed their deep sadness following tragic accident.

A family statement read: “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.”

Lorraine Maclellan
(Image: Thames Valley Police)

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 and the minibus driver, also a member of staff, died in hospital on Friday (October 12).

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

Prior’s Court statement:

Mike Robinson, Prior’s Court CEO, said: “In the wake of this tragedy we are trying to come to terms with what happened, support those recovering and the families, friends and colleagues who are grieving. Our heartfelt condolences are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives.

“We have been overwhelmed by messages of support from the public, the families of our young people, colleagues past and present and various organisations around the country since the devastating news last week. Many wished to support the loved ones of those directly affected through this difficult time, so we have set up a Family Fund to enable this.

“We will be collecting donations until 14 December 2018 so that we can ensure the families affected receive the support they need before Christmas.

“This tragedy will affect many of us for a long time to come, but it is of great comfort to know that there are so many kind and generous people offering support. Thank you. Together we will help each other through this and do all we can to honour the memory of those we have lost.”

Thames Valley Police statement:

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: “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)”

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/hampshire-news/autism-school-teacher-loving-mother-15284425


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