Sheerness school 'devastated' after A249 death crash

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Image caption The crash happened on the Sittingbourne-bound carriageway on the Sheppey Crossing

A school has been left devastated by the deaths of a mother and her eight-year-old son who were killed in a crash on the A249 Sheppey Crossing in Kent.

The victims have been named locally as Debbie Roberts, 42, of Sheerness, and her son Marshall.

A man was arrested after the crash involving their car and a truck

Steven Connors, executive head teacher of Rose Street Primary School, where Marshall was a pupil, said children and staff were supporting each other.

The crash happened on the Sittingbourne-bound carriageway at about 13:15 BST on Tuesday.

'Overwhelming compassion'

Mr Connors said staff were informed of the tragedy that afternoon. An assembly was held on Wednesday, which was attended by pupils and their families.

"I have been overwhelmed by the strength and compassion of the Rose Street community," he said.

"They are all supporting each other in the tragic loss of Marshall and his mother."

Chairman of governors Jim Duncan said the governing body was giving its full support to the school and their thoughts were with the family at this very difficult time.

Kent Police have not formally identified Ms Roberts or her son.

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