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Hen party crash: Friends raise funds for air ambulance

Bethany Jones
Image caption Bethany Jones, 18, died at the scene of the crash on Friday

Friends of an 18-year-old woman who was killed when a hen party's minibus crashed, aim to raise £50,000 for the air ambulance service.

Trainee nurse Bethany Jones died and eight others remain in hospital after the bus and a lorry collided on the M62 in West Yorkshire on Friday.

Six air ambulances were involved in transporting the injured.

Hundreds of people from Miss Jones' home town of South Elmsall took part in a vigil in her memory on Sunday.

Hannah Bell, a friend of Miss Jones, said: "We put some candles down for Beth and then we went to the church up the road and laid our flowers and the tributes we'd all written and said a prayer for her.

"If you think of all the nice words in the world that was Beth and more."

Worst 'in years'

Another friend, Bethany Billington, said: "We didn't believe it, we just couldn't believe it was Beth and when we did it was pure devastation, it was awful."

People have already donated more than £3,000 towards the appeal to raise funds for the air ambulances that tried to save Miss Jones' life.

"It is just something she would have wanted, If it had been any of us then she would have done the same thing," Miss Bell said of the appeal.

Media captionFriends of Bethany Jones are raising funds for the air ambulances in her memory

Twenty-one people were on the minibus heading from South Elmsall near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, to Liverpool.

Crews from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was the worst crash they had seen in years.

West Yorkshire Police said the lorry driver, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, had been bailed.

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