THE three friends killed in a road tragedy on their way home from a skiing trip have been named by police.
Roger Martin, 56, of Skelmanthorpe, and Al Watson, 54, of Marsh, died along with 51-year-old Kim Sumner from Meltham after the car they were in crashed off the M20 motorway near its junction with the M25 near London at 4.50am on Saturday morning.
Mr Martin’s daughter, Holly, was hurt in the accident and is now recovering at home from ankle and neck injuries.
Mr Martin was head of design and technology at Westborough High School in Dewsbury.
Mr Watson’s daughter, Annie, was also injured and is in a London hospital after undergoing surgery for neck and pelvic injuries.
Her mum, Jan – head of textiles at Salendine Nook High School – is with her. Mr Watson was an outdoor pursuits instructor.
Mrs Sumner leaves three daughters, Lucy, Amy and Sarah, and her husband Steve. She had remarried last March.
The couple lived in Meltham, but Mrs Sumner came originally from Scapegoat Hill.
She was the special educational needs co-ordinator at The Brooksbank School in Elland and had been working there for six years.
She used to work at Colne Valley High.
Mr Martin’s wife, Jo, said: “Kent Police have been absolutely fantastic in the way they have helped the families.’’
The five were in a Ford Focus hatchback car that careered off the London-bound carriageway between junctions 1 and 2 close to the M25.
No other vehicle was involved in the crash and the car ended up in a field.
They had all been skiing during the half-term holiday in the French Alps.