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Tributes paid to M62 crash victim Bethany Jones

Tributes have been paid to a teenager killed in a M62 motorway crash involving a minibus taking a group of women to a hen party.

Bethany Jones, 18, was killed and eight women - including the bride-to-be -seriously injured when their minibus collided with a lorry on the M62, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, yesterday.

Bethany Jones Credit: Facebook/Bethany Jones

One person wrote on her Facebook page: "RIP Bethany Jones you were a great girl and I still can't get this to sink in... You will be missed so much".

Another said: "How can you take her away such an angel so much to live for".

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.

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M62 crash: Eight remain in serious or critical condition

Police have said that seven of the 21 passengers that were on the minibus involved in a M62 crash yesterday are in a serious but stable condition and one person is in intensive care.

One of the women who were on a hen party was killed after the collision involving a Farmfoods lorry at junction 32 of the westbound carriageway near Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

The driver of the lorry was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has been bailed pending further inquiries.

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

Woman dies in hen party bus crash on M62

One woman has died in a collision between a lorry and a minibus on its way to a hen party on the M62 near Pontefract, West Yorkshire Police said. The group was heading to Liverpool according to the police.

Local emergency services remarked that the crash was "the worst they had seen in a number of years". Four air ambulances were needed to take the injured to hospital.

ITV News Correspondent Damon Green reports:

One dead and 20 injured following M62 crash

A woman has died and 20 people have been injured following a crash on the M62, involving a minibus and a HGV lorry.

The minibus lies on the carriageway of the M62 following the crash. Credit: Press Association

Emergency services have said of those 20 injured, seven are seriously injured, following the crash at junction 32 on the westbound carriageway of the M62 near Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

The driver of the lorry, believed to be a local man, has been arrested in connection with the incident, West Yorkshire Police said.

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Crash site between Castleford and Pontefract

The scene of the collision between a lorry and a minibus was near junction 32 on the M62, north of Pontefract and south of Castleford.

Click here to see the exact location on Google Maps.

The crash site is marked near the M62's junction 32, south of Castleford and north of Pontefract. Credit: Google Maps
The overturned appeared to have rolled from the motorway onto the sliproad.
Castleford is to the north, Pontefract to the south. Credit: Google Maps

Firefighters: M62 crash 'worst in years'

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said that firefighters had remarked that the crash was "the worst they had seen in a number of years".

"The crews that arrived described to me a very difficult scene, some of them saying it was the worst they'd seen in a number of years, and some very experienced fire officers have been attending this scene.

"However, they very quickly got to work and brought in a range of equipment including cutting and lifting equipment to effect as quick a rescue as we could of those casualties who were still in the vehicle."

M62 crash minibus heading to Liverpool hen party

One fatality after crash on the M62 motorway near Pontefract.

Speaking at the scene of the crash, Chief Inspector Mark Bownass, head of West Yorkshire Police's roads policing unit, said emergency services were called to a report of a collision between a large goods vehicle and a minibus from South Elmsall, near Pontefract.

"We believe the minibus at this time was heading to a hen party in Liverpool," he said.

"Sadly within this accident there has been one fatality."

He said one woman had died and other casualties had been taken to numerous local hospitals.

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