Triple fatal smash survivor back home

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A TEENAGE girl who survived a horrific crash which claimed the lives of three of her friends has returned home from hospital.

Chloe Newby, aged 16, of Mexborough, was the sole survivor of a head-on smash in which her boyfriend and two other pals died between Christmas and New Year.

She was left fighting for life after suffering a cracked skull, multiple limb fractures and a shattered pelvis.

But the A-Level student, who attends Mexborough School Specialist Science College, has now been deemed well enough by medics to return home to continue her recuperation surrounded by family and friends.

She is still using a wheelchair and crutches to get about but it is thought the psychological effects of the smash will take longer to heal.

Her mum Yana said: “She is making a really good recovery.

“In terms of her injuries she is doing really well, it is the mental side of it which she is still getting over and that might take a long time.

“But she is at least excited to be home, as are all of the family.”

Chloe’s boyfriend Jonathan Scott, 17, of Park Road Conisbrough, who was driving the silver Vauxhall Corsa they were in, died in the crash along with the young couple’s friends - Robert Tepper, 17, of Harlington Road, Mexborough and Lauren Birkett, 16, from Mexborough.

The pals were travelling along Adwick Road and were trying to overtake a Fiat Punto when they were involved in a head-on collision with a Volkswagen Golf.

A Vauxhall Astra had just made the same overtaking manoeuvre moments before the fatal collision at 8pm on Monday December 27.

Jonathan and Robert were pronounced dead at the scene and Lauren died a short time later.

Enquiries are ongoing but two men - a 19-year-old from Swinton and an 18-year-old from Mexborough - who were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving have been given police bail until April.