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Third death in school coach crash
Jane Irving, 53, who worked at Norwich School
Jane Irving, 53, who worked at Norwich School in Norfolk
A secretary from a Norfolk school who was seriously injured in a coach crash in Germany has died.

Jane Irving, 53, who worked at Norwich School, died in the early hours of Monday morning.

The accident, which happened near Cologne on Saturday, claimed the lives of Stuart Dines, 14, from Suffolk, and Norfolk coach driver Ron Lees, 69.

Norwich School headmaster Jim Hawkins described Ms Irving as a "wonderful friend and dedicated colleague".

Mr Hawkins said: "Along with her grieving family, the Norwich School staff, pupils and parents will be devastated by this terrible news.

"Jane was at the heart of Norwich School life as the secretary to the common room - responsible for the day-to-day support of all Senior School teachers.

Crash scene with members of the emergency services
The accident left the motorway closed

"Most secretaries work for one person; she worked for more than 80. She did so with boundless energy, liveliness and always a sense of fun.

"There was never any such thing as a crisis with Jane. She would face all difficulties with a calm smile and sense of perspective."

On Sunday friends and family paid tribute to Stuart Dines, a pupil of Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, Suffolk, who also died in the crash.

Stuart's parents, Robert and Jackie who live in Woodbridge, said he would never be forgotten.

'Loyal son'

Mr and Mrs Dines, who have an older son and daughter, said: "Stuart would always make you laugh, whatever the situation.

"He was a very loyal son and brother, who was extremely caring and could never be replaced.

Staff, clergy and specialist counsellors will remain on call during the week-long half term holiday to provide support for distressed pupils.

Stuart was among 55 pupils, accompanied by six staff, on the Thomas Mills coach which was stationary on the hard shoulder with a puncture when it was hit from behind by a lorry carrying sheet metal.

The lorry jack-knifed towards the central reservation and hit a second British coach carrying 36 pupils and five staff from the private Norwich School.

Ron Lees, 69, a relief coach driver from Gorleston in Norfolk, also died in the accident.

The German authorities said 108 people were involved in the accident and 28 were hurt, four seriously.

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