Prayers for driver in coach tragedy

AMID overwhelming grief, the Minister of Landseer Road Methodist Church today asked people to pray for the coach driver involved in the tragedy.Reverend David Shawcross said: "In our grieving for young Kiara and the awful loss for her family, let us not forget the pain the driver of the coach is going through.

AMID overwhelming grief, the Minister of Landseer Road Methodist Church today asked people to prey for the coach driver involved in the tragedy.

Reverend David Shawcross said: "In our grieving for young Kiara and the awful loss for her family, let us not forget the pain the driver of the coach is going through. I am sure that all sorts of emotions and worries are going through his mind at this very moment.

"The driver has been involved in the death of a young child. He or she is going to carry that for the rest of his life. Pray for the driver."

The coach driver of the coach is said to be in an extremely distressed condition and is currently on sick leave.

A long-term employee of the John Rannoch poultry factory in Haughley Park, Stowmarket, he was driving employees from Ipswich to Haughley Park in time for their 2pm shift. However no one else is believed to have been on the vehicle at the time of the fatal collision.

Richard Cooper, managing director of John Rannoch Ltd, said: "The driver is absolutely devastated. We will be offering whatever support we can give him.

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"We are talking to him on a regular basis and will give him whatever he needs.

"The police have their own investigation to carry out, but as far as we are aware, it was a tragic accident.

Sending a message of condolence to the Stevenson-Mann family, he said: "The mood in the factory is one of total shock. We are all devastated and our hearts go out to the family at this difficult time."

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