Tributes paid to ‘kind’ victim of Maltby crash

Wendy Park, aged 76, is one of three women killed in a three vehicle collision in Maltby on November 26.
Wendy Park, aged 76, is one of three women killed in a three vehicle collision in Maltby on November 26.

The family of a 76-year-old Doncaster woman killed in a three-vehicle collision have paid tribute to the ‘fun-loving’ lady.

South Yorkshire Police have now named Wendy Park, of Doncaster, as the third victim in the collision which occurred on November 26, just yards away from Maltby colliery.

Hatfield woman Diana Hunt, aged 58, and 66-year-old Barbara Twigg, also of Doncaster, who were also killed in the collision, were named earlier this week.

Wendy’s family have paid tribute to her, describing her as ‘a kind, caring and fun-loving lady who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.’

The collision occurred at around 5.30pm on November 26, when the women were travelling along Tickhill Road, Maltby.

At the same time, a man driving a black Ford Focus was travelling in the opposite direction on Tickhill Road, away from Maltby and towards Tickhill.

Close to the entrance with Maltby colliery, the two cars and a van, believed to have been leaving the colliery, were involved in a collision.

The driver of the Focus, a 28-year-old, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The male driver of the van was not injured.

Tributes have also begun to flood in for Diana and Barbara, who served the town’s children for decades through their roles in Doncaster schools.

Diana, the driver of the red Toyota Aygo, worked as a teaching assistant at Moss Road Infant school in Askern for more than two decades.

Headteacher at the school, Katie Tordoff, said: “We are all devastated by the loss of Diana, a passionate and dedicated member of staff.

“Our thoughts are with her family and friends as this difficult time, and we will be doing all we can to support our pupils, parents and staff through this period.”

Sheffield-born heavyweight boxer, Richard Towers said of the news: “So so sad!!! My very good friend!”

The family of Barbara Twigg, aged 66, who had recently retired from running the town’s Yamaha Music School, described her as ‘a devoted and loving wife mother and grandmother’.

They added: “She was taken from us prematurely. Words cannot express how much she will be missed.”

South Yorkshire Police are still appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or may have information to get in touch.

Call 101, quoting incident number 913 of November 26, 2015.