Honours for Keswick school bus death officers

Chloe Walker and Kieran Goulding
Image caption Chloe Walker and Kieran Goulding were killed in the crash

More than 40 officers and staff who responded to a bus crash in Cumbria which claimed the lives of three people have been honoured.

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

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

Cumbria Police awarded commendations to the officers, family liaison staff and crash investigators involved.

Chief Supt Steve Johnson, who is in charge of policing in West Cumbria, said: "This devastating crash resulted in the loss of three lives and left many others with serious, life-changing injuries.

"It was a traumatic event for everyone involved and these awards recognise the extraordinary efforts of the many officers and civilians who responded during the aftermath.

"From the quick thinking of those first at the scene which undoubtedly saved lives, the thorough and in-depth investigation which was carried out to ensure the families have answers, to the support given by all the other staff and officers involved, I am proud of every one of them."

The pupils lost their lives when the school bus they were travelling in crashed and overturned.

It was taking them home when it was involved in a collision with a car driven by former Allerdale councillor Mr Short, of Braithwaite.

David Roberts, HM Coroner for north and West Cumbria, has been passed the investigation file. An inquest will be held in due course.

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