Berkshire

M4 minibus crash deaths: Tributes paid to two school staff members

Catheine gardiner Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption Catherine Gardiner's family said tey take comfort in knowing she was helping those in need by donating all of her organs

Two of the people who died in a collision between an autism school minibus and a lorry have been named.

Lorraine Maclellan, 60, from Farnborough, Hampshire, was one of three school staff members to die after the crash on the M4 on Thursday.

Catherine Gardiner, aged 52, from Reading, also worked at Prior's Court School in Thatcham, Berkshire and was in the minibus involved in the crash.

Her family said she "dedicated her career to helping others".

Paying tribute to Mrs Gardiner, they described her as a "kind, caring and loving person" and "beautiful and amazing mother, daughter, sister and friend". who would be truly missed.

They added: "We take comfort in knowing that even after this tragedy she is still helping those in need by donating all of her organs."

The family of Mrs Maclellan said in a statement that they were "utterly heartbroken".

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Image caption Lorraine Maclellan's children paid tribute to their "best friend", who died in a crash on Thursday

She was also "loved by colleagues and the children at the school", they said.

"Lorraine was a loving mother, grandma, daughter, sister and friend", adding that the family had been "overwhelmed by all the support and kindness offered from everyone."

The crash happened on the eastbound carriageway of the M4 between junction 14 at Hungerford and junction 13 at Newbury.

Thames Valley Police has appealed for anyone who saw what happened or has dashcam footage to contact them.

The force said there have been no arrests over the crash.

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