Girl who died in M53 coach crash named

The family of a 15-year-old girl who died following a road traffic collision on the M53 in Wirral on Friday 29 September have issued a photograph of her. 

Jessica Baker sadly died as a result of the collision on the M53 northbound carriageway on Friday. 

The coach driver, Stephen Shrimpton, aged 40, passed away after it was reported that a bus had struck a reservation near Junction 5 and overturned.

Post mortems will be carried out next week to establish the causes of death.

The other casualties who were taken to hospital for treatment of injuries are all in stable conditions.

An investigation into this incident is ongoing and police are still appealing for witnesses and dash-cam footage.

Detective Sergeant Andy Roper, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said, “The thoughts of everyone at Merseyside Police remain with those who were affected by the tragic incident yesterday.

“The families of Stephen and Jessica are being supported by specially trained officers and we are working with both schools and Wirral and Cheshire West Councils to ensure the necessary trauma support is in place for the children who were affected.

“We continue to investigate the circumstances of this incident and we are appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident or have any information to please let us know.

“We also urge those who were driving near the incident to check your dashcam footage. Any information no matter how small could help the investigation.

“Motorists are also advised that the section of the M53 that was closed following the incident yesterday has now reopened.”

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the Matrix Serious Collision Investigation Unit on (0151) 777 5747 or  or contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or Merseyside Police Contact Centre on Facebook quoting reference 23000944471.

Image: Jessica Baker/Family handout

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