Girl, 12, killed in horror motorway crash named as devastated family pay tribute

A 12-year-old schoolgirl killed in a horror motorway crash has been named by her grief-stricken family, who have paid tribute to the "amazing" and "loving" youngster.

Lancashire Police are still searching for two men who fled from one of the vehicles involved in the crash that killed Ebony Gould.

The Lancaster girl died in hospital following a multi-vehicle collision on the M61 northbound between junction nine and the M6 at Bamber Bridge at about 8pm on Saturday.

In a statement, Ebony’s family said: "Heaven has gained the most hardworking, loving, caring, amazing girl and (she) is going be missed by so many."

Ebony was a passenger in a Nissan Micra which hit the central reservation before rebounding into the road and crashing into a Fiat Ducato motorhome.

A foreign-registered Audi A4 then collided with the rear of the Fiat and a Ford Fiesta hit the central barrier of the motorway.

The two occupants of the Audi, described as Eastern European males in their 30s and about 6ft tall, fled the scene.

One is described as having a bald head and was wearing a navy bomber jacket, while the other was wearing a black beanie hat and black clothing and carrying a black holdall.

The driver of the Nissan, a 27-year-old woman from Lancaster, suffered minor injuries.

Sergeant Marc Glass, of Lancashire Police, said: "Our thoughts remain with Ebony’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

"Our investigation into the collision continues.

"We are appealing to anyone who witnessed it or has information about the occupants of the Audi and has not yet spoken with police to come forward."

Anyone with information can contact police on 101, quoting log reference 1279 of January 26, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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