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Sheffield man injured in horror holiday crash

Michael Horne and his partner Valerie Olton.

Michael Horne and his partner Valerie Olton.

 

A former Sheffield man is fighting for life after a horror crash on holiday in which his partner and her friend both died.

Michael Horne, aged 53, who lived in Firth Park and Parson Cross for over 40 years, but now lives in Hertfordshire, was holidaying in Turkey when tragedy struck.

He and his partner Valerie Olton, also 53, were on a two-week break with friends Alison Conroy, 54, and Charles Belham, 57, in the holiday resort of Hisaronu.

They had booked a jeep safari trip to a popular tourist spot – the Saklikent Gorge – and were returning to their hotel when their vehicle left the road and crashed into a telegraph pole.

Ms Olton was pronounced dead at the scene, and her friend Ms Conroy died later in hospital.

Mr Horne, a father of six, who works in accountancy, was rushed to hospital, where he remains in an induced coma.

His son Scott Horne, 27, a supermarket worker from Ecclesall, said he and his siblings are now making plans to visit their dad in hospital.

“All we know is that he is in an induced coma because of severe head injuries – we are in shock and can’t quite believe what has happened,” he said.

“Dad lived with Valerie, so we are shocked and heartbroken at her death.

“We all hope to be able to get over to the hospital in Turkey.”

Jeep safaris are a popular excursion for holidaymakers in Turkey, where visitors are taken out in convoy to explore beauty spots and beaches.

The crash happened on Sunday night as the holidaymakers were making a 25-mile journey back to the Turk Hotel in the Pinehill Resort.

A hotel worker said: “It is really tragic what happened.”

 

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