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Natasha Paton death: Probe into fatal school bus crash

Natasha Jade Paton
Image caption Natasha Paton died in the crash near Biggar in South Lanarkshire

A fatal accident inquiry will be held into the death of a teenage girl in a bus crash on a school trip.

Natasha Paton, 17, was killed after a coach carrying 39 pupils and five staff from Lanark Grammar School crashed during a snowstorm in March 2010.

The bus hit a bridge and went into a river on the A73 near Biggar, South Lanarkshire, on 31 March 2010.

A date has yet to be set for the inquiry. No prosecutions are being sought over the case.

Natasha, from Cleghorn, South Lanarkshire, was on a trip to Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire when the accident happened.

The driver lost control of the vehicle on a bend during treacherous conditions on the A73 at Wiston.

The bus collided with a bridge and tumbled down an embankment where the front end came to be submerged in the river.

A Crown Office spokesman said: "Crown Counsel have instructed that a fatal accident inquiry should be held into the death of Natasha Paton who died at Biggar on 31 March 2010."

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