‘Beloved’ dad, 31, killed in crash with school bus which left 17 kids injured

The family of a “beloved” dad are heartbroken after he was killed in a head-on collision with a school bus which injured 17 children yesterday.

Chris John, 31, died at the scene after his car smashed in the school bus on the A478, a country road near Llandisilio, Pembrokeshire.

Two children were taken to hospital but the 15 other kids were allowed home after the accident, which happened on the way to school.

Chris, of Clynderwen, West Wales, died at the scene on Monday.

A family statement said: “Our whole family has been left devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Chris, a beloved father, husband, son and brother.

“Chris adored and was adored by everyone whose lives he touched especially his two young daughters.”

Police are investigating the tragedy and will compile a report for the coroner.

The family went on to say: “While family was always his first passion, we are immensely proud of his sporting success, representing his Country at short Matt Bowls alongside his father and younger brother.

“Our family have been moved by the support of his and our many friends, both in Llanboidy where he grew up and his home of Clynderwen.”

The 8.30am crash was on the way taking the pupils to Ysgol y Preseli high school in nearby Crymych.

The school said 17 children had been injured but not seriously, and parents had been contacted.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “The collision involved a motorcar and a bus carrying school children.

“Sadly the driver of the motorcar died at the scene.

“Next of kin have been advised and are being supported by specialist officers.

“A number of children received minor injuries with two taken to hospital by ambulance with what are described as minor injuries.

“The road is currently closed while investigations continue.”