Cumbria

Support sessions for survivors of Keswick bus crash

Kieran Goulding and Chloe Walker
Image caption Kieran Goulding and Chloe Walker were being driven home from school

Survivors of a school bus crash in Cumbria, in which two teenagers died, are being offered specialist support during the half term break.

Keswick School pupils Kieran Goulding, 15, and Chloe Walker, 16, died when the coach collided with a car on the A66 near the town on 24 May.

Patrick Short, 68, who was driving a Honda Civic, was also killed.

Cumbria County Council said Children's Services staff would be holding drop-in sessions during the coming week.

The funeral of Chloe, who turned 16 on the day of the tragedy, is to be held in Distington on 2 June.

An inquest into the teenagers' deaths has been opened and adjourned.

Four pupils remain in different hospitals. All are said to be comfortable and stable.

Cumbria County Council said support sessions for survivors would be held at Howgill Children's Centre in Cleator Moor, Frizzington Library and Keswick Children's Centre on 2, 3 and 4 June.

Investigations suggest the bus swerved to avoid an oncoming car which had crossed the central line.

The coach driver, a 63-year-old man from Egremont who worked for JB Pickthall in Rowrah, west Cumbria, is recovering at home after hospital treatment.

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