M62 hen party crash injured face a ‘long road to recovery’

26/04/2013 Ross Parry Syndication. Facebook picture of some of the hen party girls who were on the minibus that was in a crash on the M62 motorway nr to Castleford, West Yorkshire. 'Picture shows (L-R) with positive ID  Sarah Johnson   Fiona Wood   Ashleigh Warner  and BRIDE Stafanie Firth
26/04/2013 Ross Parry Syndication. Facebook picture of some of the hen party girls who were on the minibus that was in a crash on the M62 motorway nr to Castleford, West Yorkshire. 'Picture shows (L-R) with positive ID Sarah Johnson Fiona Wood Ashleigh Warner and BRIDE Stafanie Firth
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Some of those injured in last week’s M62 hen party bus crash face ‘a long road to recovery’, police have confirmed.

However, in a statement issued on behalf of the families of those involved in the incident, Chief Insp Mark Bownass also said that some reports about their injuries had been “exaggerated”.

Twenty-one women were on a minibus travelling from South Elmsall to Liverpool for a hen party when they were involved in a collision with a lorry at junction 32 near Castleford on Friday morning.

The incident killed 18-year-old Bethany Jones, from Pontefract, and left eight of the passengers, including bride-to-be Stefanie Firth, seriously injured.

Chief Insp Bownass, who leads West Yorkshire Police’s Road Policing Unit, said: “I have been asked by the families of the young ladies who were injured in Friday’s road traffic collision to correct some misinformation in the media about their conditions.

“Of the nineteen who were originally taken to hospital, eight have now been discharged.

“This leaves eleven still in hospital - all are reported as suffering from non-life threatening injuries and are in a stable condition and receiving excellent treatment by hospital staff. Some will require further surgery this week.

He added: “Some of these women have a long road to recovery but reports that they are paralysed or will be unable to look after themselves in the future have, thankfully, been exaggerated.

“Further speculation as to their conditions will upset their families and friends and is not at all helpful.”