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Millom school pay tribute to two teenage girls killed in A595 crash

The crash happened near Bootle Photo: ITV Border

Millom school in Bootle have released a tribute to two teenagers were pronounced dead where their car collided with a van on the A595 road, near Bootle, on Friday, 14 July.

Skye Mitchell and Caitlin Huddleston were both sitting in the front seats of a Toyota Yaris and were travelling from the Millom direction when it collided with an oncoming white Ford Transit van.

A third 18-year-old female passenger, travelling in the back seat of the Toyota is said to be in a critical condition, after being flown by air ambulance to Preston Royal Hospital.

The 51-year-old male driver of the Ford Transit, who is local, was flown by air ambulance to Aintree Hospital, Liverpool, where his condition is described as serious but stable.

The Headteacher of the school, Matthew Savidge, said:

This is a tragedy that has left us deeply shocked and saddened. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families and friends of Skye and Caitlin and also with the family of the young woman being treated in hospital, who we hope will recover.

“Skye was a vibrant and exciting personality with such huge potential in the world of the media. She represented exactly what we would want our young adults to be; motivated, responsible, outward-looking and committed. She was open to any opportunity that came her way, from STEM to Dream Placement to presiding over Presentations Evening. To all of these she gave her unique style. As a young person she was warm, compassionate and full of an effervescent charm which drew others to her. She was a loyal and trusted friend to those around her, as well as thoughtful and kind, even to those who did not know her personally. She worked hard and knew her future was going to be exceptionally bright. We will miss her enormously.

“Caitlin left the school two years ago. Staff have described her as a credit to her family and the school. She was engaging, courteous and graceful, softly spoken, yet quietly determined. She was blessed with a wonderful smile which was quick to emerge even during challenging times. A wonderful young woman and such a tragic loss.

“Millom is a close-knit community and we are coming together as a school to remember the girls. We have books of condolence in which staff and students will record their memories and thoughts about Skye and Caitlin and which we will pass onto the families. The Local Authority are supporting the school with counsellors who are available to talk to students and staff who feel that they need this support.

“This is a very difficult time for the school and the local community and it is at times such as this that the community needs to, and will, come together to support those affected. Millom School will do everything we can to help the community grieve for and, when ready, celebrate the lives of Skye and Caitlin."

– Matthew Savidge, Headteacher, Millom School

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