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Woman, 91, dies more than a week after M58 crash



A 91-year-old woman has died from injuries she suffered in a four-vehicle motorway crash more than a week ago.

The pile-up happened in queuing traffic on the M58 after an earlier fatal smash on the same motorway near Bickerstaffe, Lancashire.

Joe Cairns, 14, from Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, and Anne Kerr, 50, from Southport, Merseyside, died in the earlier collision at about 9am.

They were travelling in a minibus transporting pupils and staff from a special needs school in Ormskirk.

The scene of the crash on the M58
A 14-year-old boy and 50-year-old woman were killed in a collision before the M58 pile-up

Police were called to the second crash at about 10.10am on 8 January following reports of an accident involving a Mercedes lorry, a Ford Transit van and two cars – an Audi and a Ford Fiesta.

The 91-year-old woman, from Orrell, Greater Manchester, was driving the Fiesta.

She was taken to Aintree Hospital with serious head, chest and leg injuries but died on Wednesday.

The van driver, a 52-year-old man from Golborne, Greater Manchester, suffered chest and back injuries.

A passenger in the vehicle, a 49-year-old man from Radcliffe, sustained a minor head injury.

A 38-year-old man from Bradford, the driver of the Audi, suffered a fractured skull, facial fractures and head injuries.

Photo issued by Lancashire Constabulary of Anne Kerr, 50, from Southport, who was killed in a crash on the M58 near Bickerstaffe, Lancashire
Anne Kerr, 50, from Southport, was killed in the earlier collision

All of the casualties were treated at Aintree Hospital, Lancashire Police said.

Sergeant Steve Wignall said: “These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the woman involved, as well as those who died following the earlier collision on the M58.

“We are continuing to appeal for information about both collisions and would urge anyone who has any information, and is yet to speak to police, to come forward.”

An HGV driver, a 31-year-old-man from Chorley, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the first collision.

He was later released under investigation pending further inquiries.

:: Anyone with information about either collision can call 101 or email [email protected] quoting log number 275 of January 8.

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