The family of the driver of the school bus crash on the M53 yesterday morning that tragically killed him and 15-year-old girl Jessica Baker have described him as a ‘loving, caring and thoughtful husband’ who leaves behind a widow in her early 30s and two young children aged eight and four.
Stephen Shrimpton, 40, was driving a coach of more than 50 students when it crashed with a car and flipped onto its side in Hooton, Cheshire, at 8.30am.
In a tribute issued today, his family said: ‘Stephen sadly passed away in a traffic accident. Stephen was a loving husband and father to his wife and his wonderful children, a caring and thoughtful man who would always prioritise others over himself.
‘Stephen will be sadly missed by all his friends and family. The family have requested privacy at this devastating time.’
Launching a GoFundMe to pay for his funeral, Mr Shrimpton’s sister-in-law Emily Church claimed that the father-of-two had suffered a medical issue while driving.
Tributes have flooded for Mr Shrimpton, which raised more than £10,000 overnight, with one person writing on the page: ‘No one should go to work and not come home especially in our line of work, thoughts are with your family and children rest in peace.’
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