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Sheffield Road tragedy - loss of life must be investigated

Caroline Flint has urged residents to give families and friends time to grieve before seeking answers to the tragic accident on Sheffield Road.

Said Caroline: “We will be demanding an immediate review of safety on this road after this appalling loss of life.  But we must begin by thinking first of the five families who have lost young relatives, a school that has lost much-loved pupils and a community has been shocked by this terrible loss.

“Of course, there will be a clamour for answers as to why these young people have been taken away from us.  But we must let the families and friends grieve and allow the police to provide the answers in due course.”

Ward councillor Phil Cole said: “We must thank the emergency services for their efforts, sadly in vain, to save these young people at the scene and in hospital.”

Said Conisbrough councillor Sandra Holland: “Cllrs will be meeting with the police and highways officers to review the safety on this stretch of road; but we are all conscious that we must let the families and community come to terms with this loss, and let the police do their job.”

Two boys and one girl died at the scene and another boy and girl died in hospital.  The five young people were Bartosz Bortniczak, 18, Blake Cairns, 16, Arpad Kore, 18, Jordanna Goodwin, 16, and Megan Storey, 16.  All were pupils at Danum Academy.

Caroline Flint has asked the Council and police to review the road's safety.  Councillors have requested a meeting with the police and highways officers once the necessary investigations have been completed.

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