Fatal M62 crash: police thank motorists for huge response to appeals

26/04/2013 Ross Parry Agency/Chris Fairweather.  'Pcture shows an aerial picture of M62 Motorway fatal crash between a lorry, minibus and car.

26/04/2013 Ross Parry Agency/Chris Fairweather. 'Pcture shows an aerial picture of M62 Motorway fatal crash between a lorry, minibus and car.

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Police investigating last month’s fatal road collision on the M62 have thanked members of the public for an overwhelming response to appeals for information.

The Major Collision Enquiry Team (MCET) who are investigating the fatal collision on junction 32 of the M62 on Friday April 26, have said they are now speaking to the many witnesses who have come forwards.

Enquires continue into the collision between a lorry and a mini coach on the Westbound carriageway near the Xscape leisure park, which sadly claimed the life of 18 year old Bethany Jones, from Pontefract.

Of the 19 women taken to hospital some are still detained with varying degrees of injuries.

The lorry driver, a man from the St Helens area, remains on police bail after being arrested in connection with the crash and the male driver of the coach remains in hospital where he is being treated.

Sergeant Garry Alderson of the Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “I want to thank motorists for the overwhelming response we’ve had to our appeals for witnesses.

“We are now working to contact and take statements from the many people who have contacted us.

“Due to the number of people who have got in touch this is taking some time, but we will speak to everyone who has been kind enough to volunteer information.”

He added: “The public response to this tragic incident has been quite incredible and I know many, including officers investigating the case, have been touched by the goodwill shown.

“We are continuing Police enquiries into the collision and doing all we can as Police officers to support the victims and their families.”