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Fundraiser in aid of fatal hen party minibus M62 crash

Beth Jones
Image caption Beth Jones died and 20 other women were hurt in the crash

A fundraiser has taken place in support of the victims of a fatal hen party minibus crash on the M62.

Bethany Jones, 18, from South Elmsall, West Yorkshire died and 20 other women were hurt when the bus and a lorry collided in April.

A fun day has been held in her home town including live music and displays from the emergency services.

Money raised from the event will go towards Beth's Angels fund and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Beth's Angels was set up by Ms Jones's cousin Mark Larkin, landlord of The Barnsley Oak pub in South Elmsall where the trainee nurse used to work.

Fundraising has also been taking place for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which was involved in transporting those injured in the crash.

The family fun day, which was held at Minsthorpe Community College, was organised by Ms Jones's family and friends and West Yorkshire Police officers.

Drivers arrested

PC Karen Staton, of the Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood police team, said: "I have lived in South Elmsall for most of my life and went to school with one of the victims so I felt a personal connection to it all."

Ms Jones, who would have turned 19 last month, was among 21 women on the bus heading to a hen party in Liverpool on 26 April.

Of the 20 women that were hurt, eight of them were seriously injured and face a long recovery.

The 62-year-old driver of the minibus was arrested last month on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on bail while inquiries continue.

The lorry driver, who is from St Helens, was previously arrested on suspicion of the same offence and remains on police bail.

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