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Remembering 10 years since bus crash tragedy

Annette and Neal Cooper are devestated that Annette's daughters grave was trashed by yobs. NNN-140414-154816015

Annette and Neal Cooper are devestated that Annette's daughters grave was trashed by yobs. NNN-140414-154816015

 

The parents of victims of a bus crash which killed five people 10 years ago will be remembering those they lost on Sunday.

Easter Sunday will mark 10 years since Joanne Warren, 37, and her sons, five-year-old Jacob and four-month-old Leyton, of Leicester, were killed when the bus ploughed into them along with holidaymakers Paula Rhodes, 30, and her 33-year-old husband Richard, of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

Paula’s father Neil Cooper, of Mansfield, has spoken to The Standard of the ‘horrific’ tragedy and said that time and campaigning for road safety has only served to prolong the grieving process.

He praised everyone who helped on the day, including staff at Fantasy Island and members of the emergency services.

Following the events, Mr Cooper, his wife, and others campaigned for more safety features to be added to Sea Lane, 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.”

The bus driver, Stephen Topasna, then 51, of Bridge Street, Louth, was jailed for five years after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

 
 
 

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