'Kind' teens killed in road crash in Cumbria are named

The family of one of two teenage girls killed in a road crash in Cumbria have paid tribute to their "popular, kind, caring girl".

Skye Olivia Mitchell, 18, and Caitlin Lydia Huddleston, 18 were killed when the Toyota Yaris they were in was involved in a collision with a Ford Transit Connect van on the A595 near the village of Bootle.

They were both pronounced dead at the scene of the incident on Friday night.

Ms Mitchell, a former Junior Miss North West, "made the world a better place" her family said in a statement.

"Skye will be very sadly missed by her mam Sharon Fry, dad Ian Mitchell, step-mam Margo, sisters Candice and Millie, her grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins, boyfriend Aidan and her many, many friends who all loved her dearly.

"They will all miss the daily hugs she gave them."

A third woman, also 18, who was the back seat passenger, remains in a critical condition after she was flown by air ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital.

The 51-year-old local male driver of the van was flown by air ambulance to Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, where his condition is said to be serious but stable.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which occurred at about 7.55pm between the green Toyota travelling from the Millom direction and the white van travelling in the opposite direction.

A spokeswoman for Cumbria Police said: "Specially trained officers are supporting the families at this time.