First pic of special needs boy, 14, killed alongside teacher in M58 crash

First pic of special needs boy, 14, killed alongside teacher in M58 crash

January 10, 2019

Joe Cairns from Radcliffe, Greater Manchester died in the collision close to the junction of the M58 westbound at Bickerstaffe, Lancashire, on Tuesday.

Joe, a pupil at Pontville School in Ormskirk, Lancashire, and his teacher Anne Kerr, 50, were the two victims of the seven-car incident which left many others injured.

They were travelling in a minibus which was involved in a collision with an HGV and a number of other vehicles at about 9am.

The driver of the HGV, a 31-year-old-man from Chorley, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has since been released under investigation pending further inquiries.

Joe's mum and dad Steph and Andy Cairns paid this tribute to their son: "Joe, my brave boy, a true fighter with a heart of gold. An amazing sense of humour and infectious smile, a true superhero.”

The family of mother-of-two Anne have said they are "heartbroken".

In a tribute to Mrs Kerr, her family said: "Anne was much loved by all who knew her. She will be deeply missed by all her friends and family.

"She was a daughter, wife, and mum to two lovely boys. She was a lovely personality to be around. Her death has left us all heartbroken."

Mrs Kerr was a staff member at a special educational needs school in Ormskirk, Lancashire, reported the Liverpool Echo.

The headteacher of Pontville School paid tribute to Joe and Mrs Kerr in an email to parents.

Ms Justine Sims said: "We are deeply shocked to learn of the terrible accident that took place earlier today involving a minibus carrying a number of our young people and staff.

"It is with the deepest sadness that we can confirm that one young person and one member of staff on board the minibus have died and the remaining four have been taken to hospital.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with all our families at this very sad time."

She said additional therapeutic staff will be at the school tomorrow to support students.

A number of other people suffered serious injuries in the incident and continue to be treated at hospital, said Lancashire Police.

A second collision took place at around 10:10am in the queuing traffic involving an HGV, a van and two cars.

A woman and two men suffered serious injuries in that collision.

They remain in Aintree Hospital receiving treatment.

Cops closed part of the busy motorway in both directions and traffic was at standstill between junctions three and four near Bickerstaffe.

Dramatic photos from the scene showed a lorry carrying scaffolding material and a number of bent and twisted cars.

Other images showed a white van had veered off the motorway and crashed into a nearby field.

Sergeant Steve Wignall, of Lancashire Police, said: "Our thoughts remain with the families of everyone affected by the tragic incidents yesterday. We have specially trained officers supporting them at this very sad and difficult time.

"We need anyone who saw either of the collisions but hasn't spoken with us already to come forward. You may have vital information to assist our investigation."

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting log number 275 of Tuesday January 8th.

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