Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

VICTIMS OF CAR CRASH FIREBALL; Families Are Left Devastated by Head-On Road Collision

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

VICTIMS OF CAR CRASH FIREBALL; Families Are Left Devastated by Head-On Road Collision

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Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS

THESE are the first pictures of three of the victims of a devastating car crash which has left a community in mourning.

Ken Thornett, 48, was killed instantly when his car veered across the road and collided head on with another vehicle in a tragedy described by emergency services as one of the most horrific they have ever seen.

Also in the car was 13-year-old Aaron Hogg who died at the scene, near Hastings in Sussex.

They had been travelling with Mr Thornett's long-term partner Angela Woollcott and her daughter Lauren, who was Aaron's girlfriend.

Ms Woollcott is fighting for her life after being rescued from the burning wreckage of the car with Lauren, 14.

Another daughter, Chelsea, 12, escaped from the wreckage and ran for

help.

Today Aaron's half-brother Daryl Crane, 16, told how he heard the crash from his and Aaron's parents' house - only 200 metres away from where the tragedy happened - and arrived first at the scene.

He helped pull Lauren and her mother from

the burning wreckage - but could not save his brother who was left trapped inside.

Daryl said: "I ran to the car and heard screaming coming from inside. All I could see was the flames and thick smoke. The whole car was ablaze - I felt it burning my skin as I got close.

"The ambulance crew arrived and I helped to pull Lauren out first and then her mother Angie - they were both conscious throughout.

"But I could not find Aaron, I could not see him.

I shouted his name but all around me was smoke and I could not go any further because of the burning heat. The ambulance crew arrived but there was no Aaron. We didn't hear anything for an hour. We knew then it was too late."

The family had only moved into a house near the road where the accident happened nine months ago.

Aaron's parents Reg and Sheena Hogg heard the crash from their house and rushed to the scene.

Sheena said: "When we heard the noise I just knew something was wrong - I had that feeling it was Aaron and that he was gone. …

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