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STATEMENT CONCERNING THE RTA ON THE B5062 - 12/02/03

Posted 13 February 2003

HARPER ADAMS University College would like to issue the following statement, following Wednesday night’s accident on the B5062:

Principal, Professor Wynne Jones said: “The people involved in the accident on the B5062 at Edgmond were all college students but we do not know the circumstances of the accident, which is now being investigated by the police.

“The loss of three young people is a tragic blow to the whole college community and a tremendous shock to their student friends and the staff who taught them. Our thoughts are with the parents of those involved and we shall do all we can to support them at this difficult time.”

Ian Robson, Head of Student Services, said: “We are obviously devastated with the loss of three young lives. Our thoughts at the moment are with their families and with those who are injured and we hope that they will recover fully soon.”

Student’s Union president Bobby Barbour added: “As a small student body, we have a tremendous community spirit and we will rely on that to help each other get through these difficult times.

“On behalf of all the students, I would like to offer our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the families of all those people involved.”

In addition, we can now release the names of the students who lost their lives. They were:

Natalie Dustan, 24, a fourth year BSc Rural Environment Protection student from Sherbourne, Dorset.

David Holtom, 22, a first year HND Business & Marketing student from Baldock, Hertfordshire.

Christopher Machattie, 21, a first year HND Agri-food Marketing & Business Administration student from near Halesworth, Suffolk.

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