*Update 15 October*

In the wake of this tragedy we are trying to come to terms with what happened, support those recovering and the families, friends and colleagues who are grieving. Our heartfelt condolences are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives.

We have been overwhelmed by messages of support from the public, the families of our young people, colleagues past and present and various organisations around the country since the devastating news last week. Many wished to support the loved ones of those directly affected through this difficult time, so we have set up a Family Fund to enable this.

Donate

If you prefer, you can contact the fundraising department to donate on 01635 245918 or [email protected]

We will be collecting donations until 14 December 2018 so that we can ensure the families affected receive the support they need before Christmas.

“This tragedy will affect many of us for a long time to come, but it is of great comfort to know that there are so many kind and generous people offering support. Thank you. Together we will help each other through this and do all we can to honour the memory of those we have lost.”

Mike Robinson, Prior’s Court CEO

 

*Update 13 October*

Two days on from the road traffic collision involving a Prior’s Court minibus, our thoughts remain firmly with the three passengers still receiving treatment in hospital, and the friends and family of those who tragically lost their lives. We have no further update at this time. 

For anyone who wishes to attend, a special service will be held on Sunday 14 October at 9.30am at Holy Trinity Church, Hermitage, West Berkshire RG18 9ST led by Rvd. Wayne Launtenbach.

 

*Update 12 October*

The following statement was given by Mike Robinson, Prior's Court CEO on 12 October during a press conference:

"The staff at Prior’s Court are remarkable people doing extraordinary things to transform the lives of those young people most challenged by autism.

It is utterly devastating that 3 of our colleagues have lost their lives, and 2 are critically ill, as a result of the tragic accident yesterday.

All our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected.

At the same time, we feel unbelievably blessed that the 3 young people they were working with yesterday escaped with more minor injuries. 2 of the young people returned to us from hospital last night and the third is recovering from an operation to his leg.

Our focus is now to support the families of the staff members involved and also our wider community of young people, staff and families at Prior’s Court.

Somehow we will get through today, tomorrow and the day after. Prior’s Court will never be quite the same again, but I know that my remarkable colleagues will honour the memory of those we have lost by continuing their amazing work with our young people."

The Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the collision or who has dashcam footage in that area at the time of the incident is asked to contact police on 101. Please quote URN 545 11/10/18.

 

Thursday 11 October 2018

On Thursday 11 October, at around 13.40 Prior’s Court received a call from Thames Valley Police informing us that one of our minibuses had been involved in a serious road traffic collision with a heavy goods vehicle on the M4, between J14 at Hungerford and Junction 13 at Chieveley.

We can confirm that at the time of the collision, there were three young adults from Prior’s Court in the minibus, as well as five Prior’s Court employees.

Two members of staff involved sadly died at the scene. Three further staff members who were passengers in the minibus, including the driver, have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The three young adults present received less serious injuries, and also attended hospital for assessment and treatment.

The driver of the HGV was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive at Prior’s Court said; “I speak on behalf of us all at Prior’s Court when I say we are devastated about the road traffic collision which happened today. I send my deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the two people who lost their lives.

“At this time, there are three further staff members receiving treatment and my thoughts are very much with them and their families. In such tragic circumstances, we are grateful that all the young people involved are safe and without serious injuries, and we will be doing everything we can to safeguard their wellbeing at hospital and upon their return.”

The collision occurred on the way back to Prior’s Court, after the three young adults –who all have severe autism – were being supported to attend a regular work placement session.

Specialist Police Family Liaison Officers are helping those affected by this terrible and tragic incident.

Officers from the Joint Operations Serious Collision Investigation Unit have started an investigation to try and determine the cause of the incident. Anyone who may have seen what happened or who has dash-cam footage of the incident is asked to contact police.

If you have any information, please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting reference number URN 545 (11/10) or by using their online form.

 

Press contact:

Nicola Strong – PR and Content Marketing Manager, Prior’s Court

07738 112497 or email [email protected]

There is no further information at this time.