Inquest told of school bus crash tragedy

THE chilling moment when a lorry ploughed into a coach and claimed the life of a Suffolk teenager was relived by one of his teachers yesterday.

THE chilling moment when a lorry ploughed into a coach and claimed the life of a Suffolk teenager was relived by one of his teachers yesterday.

Stuart Dines died from severe head injuries after a German lorry smashed in to his school coach party going to a ski trip in Austria in February 2006.

The 14-year-old and 54 fellow pupils from Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham were in a parked coach on a German autobahn when it was hit by the lorry.

Yesterday teachers from the skiing trip recounted the last moments of Stuart's young life, which was cut short when he was struck by a piece of metal thrown up by the crash.

PE teacher Mark Harding was speaking at the start of a two day inquest into the death of Stuart and two Norfolk residents, Jane Irving and Ronald Lees, who were killed in the aftermath of the horrific crash.

Mr Harding said: “He was trapped, unconscious and unresponsive. I kept talking to Stuart. I then felt his pulse get weaker.”

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The inquest continues.

- For the full story see tomorrow's papers.