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Three students killed in horror crash

PUBLISHED: 06:35 14 February 2003 | UPDATED: 16:17 24 February 2010

A STUDENT from north Suffolk was one of three people killed in a horrific road crash just outside an agricultural college.

Christopher Machattie, from The Clink, Walpole, near Halesworth, was a first year student at the Harper Adams University College, near Newport, Shropshire.

A STUDENT from north Suffolk was one of three people killed in a horrific road crash just outside an agricultural college.

Christopher Machattie, from The Clink, Walpole, near Halesworth, was a first year student at the Harper Adams University College, near Newport, Shropshire.

The two other people who died after the two-car crash were also students at the agricultural college, which was yesterday in mourning.

Mr Machattie was studying for an HND in agri-food marketing and business administration. Last night, his family were too upset to comment.

Natalie Dustan, David Holtom and Mr Machattie, all in their early 20s, were killed in the accident near the entrance to the college at around 9.10pm on Wednesday.

Miss Dustan, from Dorset, was driving a Ford Fiesta which was in collision with a Peugeot 306 in which Mr Holtom, from Hertfordshire, and Mr Machattie were travelling.

Three other men in the Peugeot - also students at the college - were taken to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford for treatment where one yesterday remained in a stable condition.

College principal Professor Wynne Jones said everyone at the institution, which has 1,800 students on its roll, was deeply shocked by the tragedy.

Prof Jones added: "The loss of three young people is a tragic blow to the whole college community and a tremendous shock to their student friends and the staff who taught them.

"Our thoughts are with the parents of those involved and we shall do all we can to support them at this difficult time."

Ian Robson, head of Student Services, said: "We are obviously devastated with the loss of three young lives. Our thoughts at the moment are with their families and with those who are injured and we hope that they will recover fully soon."

Students' Union president Bobby Barbour added: "As a small student body, we have a tremendous community spirit and we will rely on that to help each other get through these difficult times."

The road at the scene of the accident remained closed until yesterday morning while crash investigators from West Mercia Constabulary carried out an examination.


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