On Saturday evening four Shiplake College students were involved in a serious road accident near Ewelme.
Thames Valley Police have issued the following statement:
At around 11.10pm on Saturday (12/5) a green Vauxhall Corsa left the road and collided with a tree before finishing up in a field in Days Lane near the junction with Beggarsbush Hill.
Two 16-year-old boys were taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with life-threatening head injuries, and both remain in a critical condition. Two other youths suffered less serious injuries, one sustaining a broken collar bone and another suffering minor injuries. They have both been discharged from hospital.
Senior investigating officer Sergeant Chris Ruff of the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing based at Abingdon Police Station said: “This is a very serious collision which occurred in a rural location, which sadly has left two boys with life-threatening injuries. I am appealing to anyone who may have seen the incident, or witnessed the vehicle being driven just prior to the collision, to make contact with us on 101.”
Anybody who witnessed the collision, or who has any information that can assist with enquiries are urged to contact 101, quoting URN 1530 (12/5).
Mr Gregg Davies, Headteacher at Shiplake College said, “We received the sad news that four Shiplake College boys were involved in a road accident late on Saturday evening. Two boys suffered bruises but, whilst shaken, are otherwise okay and at home. Two others remain in hospital having sustained more serious, unfortunately critical, injuries.
As you can imagine, their families and friends are devastated. Details of the accident are still emerging and we are not in a position to provide any information about what happened.
All Shiplake parents were informed Sunday evening and pupils spoken to at registration yesterday. There was a Chapel service just for the boys’ year group on Monday morning during which the Headmaster gave advice and support. The School Chaplain, Rector of our Parish Church, School Counsellor, the medical team and all members of staff have been available should a pupil be worried or upset.
The outpouring of love and support from all those connected to the school has been heartening. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. This is a difficult time for the community and we ask for sensitivity and patience as we await news ourselves on the condition of those injured; our only priorities at this time are with the boys involved, their families, friends and all our pupils.”
Our thoughts are with the families at this very difficult time.