School in tribute to crash victims

Maldon and Burnham Standard: A woman and two men travelling in the same car died in a collision near Tamworth A woman and two men travelling in the same car died in a collision near Tamworth

Tributes have been paid to a school worker and two teenage pupils who were killed in a four-vehicle crash.

Kingsbury School in North Warwickshire said grief counsellors were being called in to support classmates and colleagues of those who died in the crash near Tamworth on Friday evening.

The victims were named locally as Maggie Stewart, her 16-year-old son Damian, and his cousin Dion Walker-Smith, 15.

The boys' school opened its main building yesterday to provide year 11 students and staff with a meeting place to remember those killed and offer each other support.

In a statement posted on its website following the act of remembrance, the school said: "Thank you to everyone who attended to reflect on the passing of three of our own.

"The large turnout demonstrated how well respected and loved Dion, Damian and Maggie were.

"In order that we continue to respect their memory the school gates will be open throughout the day on Sunday in order that tributes, should people wish to leave them, can be laid in front of reception.

"These will be moved on Monday morning to the memorial garden for pupils to continue to pay their respects."

The statement continued: "We will continue to work throughout the weekend to secure the support of the emergency planning team from Warwickshire.

"It is our hope that grief counsellors will be in school Monday to support our youngsters as they seek to come to terms with this loss."

A Facebook page set up in tribute to Damian and Dion, who played for a local amateur football team, has so far attracted tributes from more than 200 people.

One of those who posted a message on the page, Chloe Harrison, wrote: "You were all imprinted in our life somehow, your loud singing in form or biology, never failing to make us all laugh.

"You were the life of our year, the ones with the biggest personalities and massive smiles."

Another friend, Luke Jay, posted: "Heaven have gained two new angels, such a cracking pair of lads, always smiling and a great pair of footballers.

"So many good memories as kids, I feel privileged to have known them both."

Police, who have not confirmed the names of the victims, are appealing for witnesses to the accident near a garden centre at Freasley.

It involved a Scania lorry and three cars, a Hyundai Getz, a Peugeot 207 and a Mercedes.

A police spokesman said: "The details of the people who died will not be released until the formal identification process has been completed and all close relatives have been informed.

"Roads around the area were closed to allow officers to conduct their investigation and for the vehicles to be removed from the scene.

"Officers investigating the incident would like to hear from anyone who witnessed it or saw any of the vehicles and the manner in which they were being driven before the collision occurred."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Warwickshire Police on 101.

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