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Children killed in horrific crash

PUBLISHED: 06:16 28 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

TWO families have been left devastated after three people, including two young children, were killed in a horrific road crash.

The children, one aged five and the other eight months, who were passengers in separate cars, were certified dead at the scene of the accident on the A142 Stuntney bypass, near Ely, along with the baby's mother.

TWO families have been left devastated after three people, including two young children, were killed in a horrific road crash.

The children, one aged five and the other eight months, who were passengers in separate cars, were certified dead at the scene of the accident on the A142 Stuntney bypass, near Ely, along with the baby's mother.

Police described the crash, which happened just after 7pm on Boxing Day, as "an awful tragedy at Christmas".

Five-year-old Jake Thompson, from Leaders Way, Newmarket, was a passenger in a Citroen Xantia driven by his father Fraser. It was in a collision with a Ford Fiesta travelling in the opposite direction.

Eight-month-old Hannah Louise Sykes and her mother Karen, from Dersingham in Norfolk, both passengers in the Fiesta, were also certified dead at the scene.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: "This was a terrible accident. An awful tragedy at Christmas.

"We believe the cars were travelling in opposite directions, although it is not clear whether they collided head-on."

Mr Thompson, 33, suffered chest and hand injuries in the collision and his wife Davina, 31, suffered serious neck and head injuries.

Mrs Sykes' husband, Roy, who drove the Fiesta, suffered an arm injury in the accident.

Both were freed from the wreckage by firefighters and taken by ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, for treatment. They were said to be in a stable condition last night.

The road was closed for several hours afterwards, with traffic being diverted through Stuntney as the scene was cleared.

News of the tragedy stunned friends and neighbours of the Thompson family.

Neighbours said that while the family tended to keep themselves to themselves, Mrs Thompson was friendly and that she and Jake would often be seen walking their dog.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "It is dreadful that this has happened, especially to happen at Christmas. They kept themselves to themselves really, but they were friendly."

Jake had started school at nearby Paddocks Primary School earlier this year. The family is understood to have come from Cambridgeshire originally and to have lived in Leaders Way for around four years.

Mr Thompson works from home and Mrs Thompson works part-time in a card and gift shop in Newmarket.

Cambridgeshire police are still investigating the accident and anyone with information is asked to call the road policing unit on 01480 456111.


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