Tributes to Oakham School pupils killed in collision between bus and car

Empingham Lane was closed after a fatal crash between a car and a bus. Photo: MSMP-05-12-14-am
Empingham Lane was closed after a fatal crash between a car and a bus. Photo: MSMP-05-12-14-am
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Monday, 9.30am: Tributes have been paid to two teenage schoolgirls who were killed in a collision between a bus and a car near Tickencote.

The crash happened in Empingham Lane, Tickencote, at about 1.25pm on Friday.

The girls, named locally as Anna Haefeli, 18, and Anastasia Besedovskaya, 17, were both boarders at Oakham School. All school events, including sports games and the choral society’s performance of Handel’s Messiah, were cancelled on Saturday as a mark of respect.

In a statement, the school said: “Understandably, the school community is extremely upset by the tragic loss of two such wonderful young adults.

“The police have very strict protocols regarding communications and therefore we are unable to give any detailed comments to the press at this incredibly sad time for us all in the Oakham School community.”

Police have appealed for witnesses to the accident, which involved a blue Peugeot 206 and a single decker bus. The two occupants of the car, Anna and Anastasia, received fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and eight passengers in the bus received superficial injuries.

Detective Constable 1761 Pete Davies said: “The car was travelling along Empingham Lane towards Empingham and the bus was travelling in the opposite direction towards Tickencote when the collision occurred.

“We would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle beforehand to contact us.”

Two volunteers with the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme, Dr Leon Roberts and Dr Tim Gray, also attended the scene. Dr Roberts said: “We arrived to a terrible road traffic accident with two casualties trapped in a car. We worked with fire and rescue to release them as quickly as possible.

“Despite everyone’s best efforts, both were declared dead at the scene.”

Empingham Lane was closed on Friday as police investigated the scene but re-opened on Saturday.

Oakham Police’s Twitter account said yesterday: “Tough shift for many at the local policing unit... serious road collision, thanks to @leicsrpu for coming over and dealing.”

Parents of pupils at Oakham School have also expressed their shock and deep sadness following the tragedy.

One said on Twitter: “For those who pray, plse pray for my daughter & friends at Oakham school with the loss of two of her closest friends. Utterly devastating.”

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If you would like to pay tribute to Anna and Anastasia, e-mail the newsdesk on smeditor@stamfordmercury.co.uk.