Lancaster girl, 12, killed in M61 crash as police hunt for Audi driver who fled scene | UK News
A 12-year-old girl has died in a crash involving several vehicles on the M61 motorway.
Officers were called at around 8pm on Saturday following reports of a serious collision on the northbound carriageway.
Police are now searching for two men in their 30s who fled after the crash in a foreign-registered Audi A4 and are appealing for witnesses.
The crash happened after a Nissan Micra left the carriageway and collided with the central reservation between junction 9 and the M6 link at Bamber Bridge.
The car was sent spinning back into the road where it collided with a Fiat Ducato motorhome.
The Audi subsequently ploughed into the rear of the Fiat before a Ford Fiesta collided with the central barrier.
The Nissan passenger, a 12-year-old girl from Lancaster, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where she died from her injuries.
Its driver, a 27-year-old woman from Lancaster, suffered minor injuries.
Lancashire police say the Audi occupants are thought to be eastern-European males and are around six feet tall.
One of the males is said to be bald and was wearing a navy bomber jacket, while the other was wearing a black beanie hat and all-black clothing, carrying a black holdall.
The road was closed for five hours for collision investigation work.
Seargent Marc Glass said: “An investigation is under way following a fatal collision on the M61.
“A young girl has died and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time. A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to support the girl’s family.
“We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or has information about the occupants of the Audi and has not yet spoken with police to come forward.”
:: Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1279 of January 26th. Information can be reported anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.