First picture of car involved in M61 death crash

Police tonight issued the first picture of a car involved in a motorway crash which claimed the life of a 12-year-old Lancashire girl.

By David Nowell
Tuesday, 29th January 2019, 5:35 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th January 2019, 6:48 pm
The Audi involved in the M61 crash
The Audi involved in the M61 crash

Officers are trying to trace two men who fled the scene after the collision on the M61 on Saturday.

Police were called at around 8pm following reports of a serious collision on the M61 northbound between J9 and the M6 at Bamber Bridge.

A Nissan Micra left the carriageway and collided with the central reservation before rebounding into the road where it was involved in a collision with a Fiat Ducato motorhome.

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A subsequent collision then occurred involving an Audi A6 and the rear of the Fiat.

A Ford Fiesta then collided with the central barrier.

The Nissan passenger, 12-year-old Ebony Gould from Lancaster, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where she died of her injuries. The driver of the Nissan, a 27-year-old woman from Lancaster, suffered minor injuries.

The two occupants of the Audi, bearing Polish number plates, fled the scene .

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They are described as Eastern European males, aged in their thirties, around 6ft tall.

One of the males had a bald head and was wearing a ‘navy bomber jacket’.

The other is described as wearing a black beanie hat and all black clothing, carrying a black holdall.

The Audi (pictured) remained at the scene.

It is a distinctive blue saloon bearing Polish registration plates with the number DLU 58642.

Sergeant Marc Glass of Lancashire’s Road Policing Unit said: “Did you see this vehicle on the day of the collision or know who it belongs to?

"Likewise, if you saw anybody on Saturday evening matching the descriptions given, please let us know.

"We’re keen to speak to the occupants as they could be key witnesses to the first collision in which a young girl sadly died.

“If you are the driver of the Audi or the passenger, please do the right thing and come forward.

“I would like to thank everyone who has spoken to us already.

"Our investigation is continuing and if you think you have any information that can help, it’s important that you contact us immediately.”

Please contact us on 101 quoting log number 1279 of 26th January or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.