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Thursday, 20 December, 2001, 16:13 GMT
Cadet crash driver jailed
Coach crash
The coach driver had stopped after a minor accident
A 48-year-old mother of two has been jailed for eight months for causing the deaths of three teenage RAF air cadets.

Jeanette Morris, of Stamford, Lincolnshire, wept as the sentence was delivered at Peterborough Crown Court.

Morris had earlier been convicted on three counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

The coach she was driving on the A1 was in collision with another vehicle and she stopped to exchange details.

'Sitting ducks'

Moments later an articulated lorry ploughed into the back of the stationary coach killing three and injuring 19.

Morris had stopped after her wing mirror clipped another lorry.

The three cadets, who were all sitting at the back, took the full impact of the 38-tonne lorry, which was travelling at 49mph, the trial had heard.

Most of the cadets were getting off the coach after Morris had told them they were "sitting ducks" when the accident happened.

The impact left the coach severely damaged with its seats crumpled and ripped out.

Nineteen other air cadets, who were all at a week-long training camp at RAF Wittering, were injured in the crash.

The three who died were Wayne Maynard, 18, of Barnet, north London, Christopher Colmer of Pinner, west London, and Jason Adnitt, of Edmonton, north London, both 15.


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26 Nov 01 | England
Coach driver guilty in cadet crash
13 Nov 01 | England
Cadets were 'sitting ducks'
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