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Sunday, 17 November, 2002, 13:23 GMT
Community 'traumatised' by coach deaths
Coach crash on M25
Most of the passengers were from Evesham
A Midlands community is coming to terms with the deaths of five of its residents in a coach crash on the M25.

The two drivers, Graham Spring, 56, and Christopher Sloane, in his late 30s, and Mr Sloane's wife Karen have been named among those who died while returning to Evesham, Worcestershire from a shopping trip to France.

The men worked for WR Spring & Son, a family-run firm based in Evesham established 54 years ago by Mr Spring's father Roy.

The Sloanes' two children, a 16-year-old girl and an eight-year-old boy, are being looked after by family members after losing their parents in the crash.


It's very difficult. I have lost my brother who was the rock of the business. I am just numb with shock

Pam Spring
Mr Spring was also married and had two sons aged 22 and 19, one of whom worked as a coach driver.

Family friend Des Rock said the entire community, not just the company, had been left traumatised by the tragedy.

He said: "Mr Spring senior is devastated. He was the first to be told the news.

"Graham was one of the best men that walked this earth. He was a kind, gentle man."

"Chris was just the same. He was cool-tempered and a normal sort of chap.

"His two kids have been left on their own. It's just terrible."

Mr Spring's sister Pam said she had no idea how the coach came off the motorway.

She described her brother as the mainstay of the firm since his father suffered a stroke earlier this year.

"It's very difficult. I have lost my brother who was the rock of the business. I am just numb with shock," she said.

"We don't really know anything other than what the news is telling us."

The other two people killed in the crash have yet to be named.

A chapel service in memory of the dead has been held at the Wexham Park Hospital where many of the injured have been treated.


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