A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD girl has been killed and five others injured after a horror crash unfolded on the M61 near Bolton overnight.
The schoolgirl died when the car she was in, a Nissan Qashqai, and a Vauxhall Corsa collided about 10.45pm in Lancashire.
She has since been named as Sana Patel, from Blackburn.
Five others in the car with her suffered minor injuries.
And police have launched a search for those who had been in the Corsa at the time of the crash, with the motorists have fled the scene on foot.
They released a direct appeal to the people who had been in the car when it crashed on the northbound carriageway between junction eight and the Bolton West/Rivington services.
Supt Andy Cribbin, of Lancashire Police, said: “First and foremost our thoughts are with the family and friends of the girl Sana. There are no words to describe what they will be going through and we send them our deepest condolences at this incredibly difficult time. They are currently being supported by specialist officers.
“Our investigation is in the early stages and we are working hard to establish exactly what occurred, and to locate the people who were in the Corsa.
“We are now appealing directly to them. We know the car is registered to an address in West Yorkshire and we are appealing for the driver and any passenger at the time of the collision to make contact with us as soon as possible.
“A 12-year-old girl has tragically lost her life, so we would urge them to search their conscience and do the right thing by contacting us.
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“We are also asking anybody who saw the collision, or saw either vehicle in the moments before it happened, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”
Anybody with information is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1817 of July 6th.
The M61 was closed in both directions between junctions six and eight while collision investigators attended the scene and reopened at around 9am this morning.