Two young men killed in a Valentine’s Day horror crash had done everything possible to ensure they had a safe journey, say friends.
Nathan Reeves, Tom Aldridge and Jake Dorling clubbed together to get a cab all the way home to MK after a night out at a London nightclub.
But it is understood the taxi broke down on the motorway near Flitwick and driver Allan Evans pulled up on the hard shoulder to call for help.
Minutes later the cab was involved in a collision with a coach carrying a cheerleading team.
Nathan, 23, and 20-year-old Tom were killed instantly, as was London cabbie Allan, who was 59.
Jake, a local musician, survived but was taken to hospital with critical injuries.
This week, following surgery, his condition is stable and he is expected to make a good recovery.
Meanwhile, friends of former Ousedale pupils Nathan and Tom have paid tribute to the popular pair.
Nathan, who lived in Holland Way, Newport Pagnell, was a “beautiful, much-loved person” with a “cheeky grin that could melt anyone’s heart”, said his family.
He was devoted to girlfriend Rosie and the pair had been together for four years.
Tom also lived in Newport Pagnell and worked at the Domino’s Pizza shop in town, where friends left floral tributes this week.
Tom’s family describe him as a “generous and loving boy” who would help everyone who needed it.
Cab driver Allan lived in Islington and was a carer to his elderly mother.
The driver of the coach was arrested for causing death through dangerous driving. He has this week been released on bail.