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Father remembers daughter 10 years after bus tragedy

Annette and Neal Cooper at their daughter's grave.

Annette and Neal Cooper at their daughter's grave.

A father has spoken of the grief he still feels, 10 years on from the bus crash which claimed the life of his daughter.

Neil Cooper has described the horrorfying scenes he saw following the bus crash at Ingoldmells which took the life of his daughter Paula, son-in-law Richard and three others.

Easter Sunday marked 10 years since Paula, 30, and Richard Rhodes, 32, of Mansfield, and Joanne Warren, 37, and her sons, five-year-old Jacob and four-month-old Leyton, of Leicester, died when the bus ploughed into 
them.

Mr Cooper, of Mansfield, recalled how he was first on scene and tried to attend to those injured, and how he 
felt when he saw his 
daughter.

He said that time and campaigning for road safety had only served to prolong the grieving process.

“We’re in our 60s and all we do with ourselves is concentrate on our son and granddaughters and we go on holidays. Not because we enjoy it, but because in our minds we think we’re escaping from the reality of the horrific thing which affected the rest of our lives.”

He praised everyone who helped, including staff at Fantasy Island – who took care of his grandchildren – and the emergency services.

Following the events, Mr Cooper and others campaigned for more safety features to be added to Sea Lane in Ingoldmells.

He said: “I fully believe that because of the road safety features that were put in there, lives have been saved over the last 10 years.”

 
 
 

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