Tributes have been left for the British victims of a horrific car crash in Southern France.
Driver John Crompton, 31, from Hartlepool, and two of his children, Morgan Christian Lund, aged nine, and four-year-old Evie-Lily Crompton died at the scene after their Nissan plummeted into a safety barrier at about 7am Sunday, April 24.
The children’s mother Makayla Louise Lund and the youngest child Kyle Lucas Crompton were both taken to hospital in Lyon where Ms Lund’s condition is thought to be stable while Kyle remains in a serious condition.
The family were heading to Dijon on the A39 when the crash took place and investigators believe it may have been a result of Mr Crompton falling asleep or becoming distracted.
Mr Crompton was an avid snooker player in Hartlepool and tributes were left on the Facebook group for Hartlepool Billiards and Snooker of which he was a member.
Colin Harrison posted: “Heartbreaking news about one of the leagues top players. John Crompton and two of his children were tragically killed in a road accident in France earlier today.
“Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. very talented and well liked man. RIP mate.”
Brian Trueman added: “Tragic, tragic news, a family ripped apart far too young. I’m deeply shocked.”
The children’s school also issued a statement.
Lee Walker, headteacher at Hartlepool’s Barnard Grove Primary, said the school was in “total shock” and that prayers and thoughts were with the family.
He added: “Morgan was a Year 4 pupil who was an extremely popular member of his class, as well as the school in general.
“His sense of humour, fun and positive attitude brought life and joy to all.
“Evie-Lily was in our nursery and was the most kind-hearted and caring girl you could ever wish to meet.
“The pupils and staff are heartbroken and we are all helping each other to come to terms with this devastating news.”
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are providing assistance following a road traffic accident in France, in which three British nationals have sadly died and two others have been hospitalized. We are working closely with local authorities and supporting the families at this difficult time.”
An appeal fund has also been set up for the surviving family members by Laura Austwicke, who urged people to pray for their recovery.
She wrote: “We are aware that there is another GoFundMe page set up in euros. However, we’d like to set up another page in the UK for those wanting to donate in GBP.”