Leeds & West Yorkshire

Hen party crash: Families thank medical staff

Bethany Jones, who police confirmed died in the crash
Trainee nurse Bethany Jones, 18, died at the scene of the crash

The families of people injured when a hen party's minibus crashed have praised the emergency services and medical staff.

Bethany Jones, 18, from South Elmsall, died after the bus and a lorry collided on the M62 in West Yorkshire on Friday.

Eight others were seriously injured and remain in hospital.

A spokesman for the families said they hoped those injured would make a full recovery and asked for their privacy to be respected.

'Heartfelt thanks'

Twenty-one people were on the minibus heading from South Elmsall near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, to Liverpool when it was involved in the crash on Friday morning.

In a written statement, the spokesman said: "We would like to thank everyone for their good wishes at this terrible time.

"A number of serious injuries have been incurred and we are hoping that full recoveries will be made by those affected by the accident."

The statement continued: "We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to both the emergency services and the medical staff at the hospitals where the patients are being treated.

"We extend our sincere condolences to Beth's family and friends - she was a beautiful young lady and they are all in our thoughts and prayers."

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

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