The parents and teachers of two young girls killed in a Staffordshire car crash yesterday paid tribute to the youngsters.
Best friends Lauren Jean Brooks, aged 12, and Rebecca Mary Casterton, aged 13, died on Friday night after a HGV collided with the Renault Clio being driven by the younger girl's mother.
The car crossed the central reservation before colliding with a Mercedes on the opposite carriageway of the A38 at Clay Mills, Burton on Trent.
Rebecca died at the scene and Lauren was rushed to Burton's Queens Hospital but doctors were unable to save her.
Lauren's mother, Irene Corrie, was taken to hospital suffering minor injuries and was later discharged. Another woman in the front passenger seat was unhurt.
The Mercedes driver, a 36-year-old man, from Derby, was also uninjured.
The driver of the Volvo lorry, a 50-year-old man from Telford, Shropshire, was arrested. He was later released on police bail pending further inquiries and is due to answer bail in March.
Rebecca, of Holly Road, Barton-under-Needwood, and Lauren, from Forest Road, Burton-on-Trent, had been horse riding together before the accident and were on their way home.
They were pupils at John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood.
Yesterday the headteacher Michael Osborne-Town said: "They were just lovely, lovely girls. They were in year eight and had been with us for nearly a year and a half.
"Lauren and Rebecca went through primary school together and they'd been friends for most of their lives.
"They were very close and had a really strong friendship group with other girls in the school.
"Both of them played net-ball and were in the netball team. They loved sport and were both going on the school skiing trip in February.
"They were very normal, very friendly and lively, the sort of girls that everybody likes.
"I've been to see both their mothers this morning and they are obviously devastated but coping amazingly well.
"Everybody here is very upset.
"I spoke to the whole group this morning and we've got a room set aside for children to go to if they are upset.
"We've also prepared books of condolence for both families so children can write down their memories of Lauren and Rebecca.
"Members of staff who knew them well are also very upset. Some people had been teaching them on Friday just hours before the accident.
"Today there are empty desks in the classrooms."
In a statement yesterday, Lauren's father Dave Brooks, aged 46, and Ms Corrie paid tribute to their daughter.
"Lauren was a gorgeous little girl and was turning into a beautiful young lady.
"She was full of energy and had a heart of gold with many friends.
"Lauren was very athletic and enjoyed horse riding as well as drawing and art, and loved listening to dance music.
"Lauren was much-loved and will be sorely missed by her mum and her partner Russ, her dad and his partner Karen as well as her older brother Lewis, her grandparents and the rest of her family.
"Her death is a tragic loss for everyone, though she will remain in all our hearts and thoughts forever."