Lorry driver killed woman, 91, in traffic queue after mum and teen died in crash

A 91-year-old woman was killed by a lorry driver as they waited in traffic building around a fatal crash. Margaret Harrison suffered catastrophic injuries on the M58 last year, just minutes after teacher, Anne Kerr and Joe Cairns died when the minibus they were travelling in collided with an HGV. As emergency services dealt with the first crash, near Skelmersdale, at around 9am on January 8 2019, traffic was held on the motorway.

Huge queues built up around the crash before a second collision occurred shortly after 10am. Leon David Stott was driving a Mercedes lorry when he was involved in a crash with a Ford Transit van, an Audi and a Ford Fiesta. Fiesta driver Ms Harrison, from Orrell, suffered serious head, chest and leg injuries and died in hospital eight days later.

Police said at the time that the van driver received chest and back injuries and the man in the Audi suffered a fractured skull, facial fractures and head injuries.

The scene of a multi vehicle crash on the M58 between J4 Skelmersdale and J3 Bickerstaffe in Lancashire.

Stott was arrested following the crash and was later charged with death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. At Preston Crown Court, on Tuesday, the 34-year-old pleaded guilty to the charges.

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Stott, of St David’s Road in Leyland, will return to court on September 24 to be sentenced. At the time of the crash, tributes poured in on social media for those who were killed and injured in the horror crashes that day.

Lorry driver killed woman, 91, in traffic queue after mum and teen died in crashAnne Kerr, who was killed in a crash on the M58

The M58 was closed for more than eight hours after the sickening smashes which claimed the lives of three people and left over seven others seriously injured.

Anne Kerr and Joe Cairns were the two victims killed in the first crash that day.

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The pair were travelling in a minibus alongside a number of other staff members and pupils from a special needs school. Joe’s mum and dad, Steph and Andy Cairns, paid tribute to the 14-year-old shortly after his death.

Lorry driver killed woman, 91, in traffic queue after mum and teen died in crashJoe Cairns

They said: “Joe, my brave boy, a true fighter with a heart of gold. “An amazing sense of humour and infectious smile, a true superhero.”

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A statement was also released from Anne Kerr’s family.

The 50-year-old, mum-of-two, was described as a “lovely personality” and someone people wanted to be around.

Lorry driver killed woman, 91, in traffic queue after mum and teen died in crashFloral tributes and message left for the road traffic accident on the M58.

He 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.” James Majury, from Chorley, pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of Anne and Joe after a court heard that he was playing a game on his phone while driving the truck that drove into the minibus.

The 32-year-old wept in the dock as more than 50 family members and police officers were sat in the public gallery for the hearing.

It was found that Majury was using a ‘number of applications’ on his mobile phone in the lead up to the ‘tragic’ incident including Facebook and Sky Sports.

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