Hen Party Crash Victim Laid To Rest
20 June 2013, 13:41
Injured friends of a student nurse who died in a minibus crash as they all travelled to a hen party joined hundreds of other mourners for her funeral today.
Beth Jones, 18, died in the collision between the bus and a lorry on the M62 near Pontefract in April.
Today, many of Miss Jones's friends who were injured in the crash were in tears as they waited for the cortege to arrive outside St Joseph's Church, in South Elmsall, West Yorkshire.
Six of them arrived in wheelchairs and others walked into church with the help of crutches.
Among the mourners was Stefanie Firth, whose forthcoming wedding was being celebrated by the women on the day Miss Jones died.
They were travelling from South Elmsall, between Doncaster and Wakefield, for the hen night in Liverpool.
Miss Firth, 24, was among those seriously injured in the crash.
Twenty women on the bus were hurt, eight of them seriously.
Mourners lined the streets of South Elmsall as the cortege approached the church.
Many of those waiting were wearing pink clothes and sporting pink flowers.
Miss Jones's brother Ryan helped carry the white coffin into the church.
The coffin and the hearse were decorated with a mass of pink and white flowers.