Three pupils die in horror road crash

TWO men were last night being questioned by police after an horrific road crash which killed three teenagers from the same school.The students from Hedingham School in Essex were killed when the Ford Escort they were travelling in crashed into a field in Halstead and broke in half.

THREE men have been arrested after an horrific road crash which killed three teenagers from the same school.

The students from Hedingham School in Essex were killed when the Ford Escort they were travelling in crashed into a field in Halstead and broke in half.

All three youngsters, two believed to be aged 14 and the other 15 and who are believed to be from the local area, suffered severe injuries when they were thrown out of the vehicle and were certified dead at the scene.

The accident, also involving a red Volkswagen Bora, happened in the early hours of yesterday morning on the rural A131, which runs between Halstead and Sudbury.


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Miles Scrivens, chairman of governors at Hedingham School, which is between the villages of Sible Hedingham and Castle Hedingham, said the accident was a “dreadful, dreadful shock and a complete tragedy”.

“Any loss of life of people so young is tragic and our thoughts are with the parents of the pupils at this time,” he added.

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The emergency services were called to Sudbury Road at 1.40am and it is understood they found that the Volkswagen had gone into a hedge while the maroon-coloured Ford was in a field broken in half.

The Ford driver, a 17-year-old from the Halstead area, was treated at Broomfield Hospital for minor injuries before being arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released on police bail until July 9.

A 42-year-old man from London, who police believe could be the driver of the Bora, was also arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released on police bail until July 6.

And today another man, a 26-year-old from Halstead, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He is being questioned by Essex police about the accident.

Mr Scrivens raised concerns about the road, which was closed for six hours while specialist officers investigated the cause of the crash.

He said: “The Halstead to Sudbury road has claimed far too many lives - it is a notorious stretch of road.

“There are a number of other schools in Essex and Suffolk which have been affected in the same way by this road.”

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