School in mourning for death-crash teacher

A DEWSBURY teacher was one of three people killed in a motorway crash last weekend.

Roger Martin, 56, of Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield, who was head of technology at Westborough High School, died after the car he was in left the M20 in Kent and careered into a field.

A woman – thought to have three teenage daughters – and a man also died.

The group, all from Huddersfield, were returning from a skiing trip and had sailed from Dover to Calais.

Westborough headteacher Janet Pruchniewicz said: "Everyone at Westborough is saddened by the very untimely tragic death of our colleague Roger Martin.

"Roger was a lovely, popular man liked by staff and students alike. We are going to miss him greatly but our memories of Roger will help us move forward during this difficult time.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time."

Firefighters had to cut passengers free from the car, which was found a few hundred yards from the road, surrounded by scattered ski equipment.

The other two passengers in the Ford Focus at the time of the accident, just before 5am on Saturday, survived.

Police closed the London-bound lanes of the motorway for several hours after the crash to allow them to examine the scene.

Officers said no other vehicles were involved.