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Family pay tribute to 'fun and bubbly' Bethany Jones

The family of 18-year-old Bethany Jones have paid tribute to the "fun and bubbly girl" who died following a crash on the M62 on Friday.

The teenager was travelling with friends from South Elmsall in West Yorkshire to Liverpool for a hen party when their minibus collided with a lorry near junction 32.

ITV News' Ben Chapman reports:

A further 20 people were injured in the crash - eight women are described as being "critically injured" - including the bride-to-be, named in reports as Stefanie Firth.

Stefanie Firth, who is reportedly the bride-to-be, was injured in the collision.

Beth was a fun and bubbly girl who was caring and considerate to everyone she met. She was the apple of her Grandad's eye and she will never be forgotten and sadly missed by everyone.

– Family statement

The driver of the lorry was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on bail, West Yorkshire Police said.

The crash, which happened at about 11.30am, left the minibus on its side across a carriageway and luggage strewn across the motorway.

The scene of the fatal collision near Pontefract, West Yorkshire. Credit: Press Association

Six air ambulances were called to the scene, close to junction 32 on the westbound carriageway, and four took casualties to nearby hospitals.

Firefighters called the crash "the worst they had seen in a number of years", Dave Walton, assistant chief fire officer at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said.

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