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Funeral for Cumbria coach crash teenager Chloe Walker

The funeral of a Cumbrian schoolgirl killed in a coach crash on her 16th birthday has taken place.

Chloe Walker was among three people who died when the 49-seater coach collided with a Honda Civic while taking pupils home from Keswick School.

Fellow pupil Kieran Goulding, 15, and the car's driver, Patrick Short, 68, were also killed in the crash on 24 May.

A service for Chloe was held at Distington Crematorium near Workington.

Her parents, Sharon and John Walker - of Frizington - paid tribute to their "fantastic daughter".

They said: "How could someone so precious and loved so dearly be taken away so young and on her birthday?"

Chloe would have been sitting her GCSE exams this week and planned to study A-levels at the school's sixth form.

Image caption The bus was taking children home from Keswick School

Hundreds of mourners attended her funeral, which took place at 1200 BST on Wednesday.

An investigation into the crash is continuing. Police have said both vehicles were travelling in opposite directions on a straight stretch of the A66.

Officers said the "early indication" was the Honda - driven by Mr Short, a councillor from Braithwaite - had crossed the centre line of the road before it hit the coach, which then flipped over.

Kieran Goulding's funeral is scheduled to take place on Friday.

Several other children were hurt in the crash.

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

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