M66 crash: pregnant mother fights for life and three children in hospital | British News
A horrific accident left a pregnant mother fighting for her life in hospital and three young children were critically injured.
Frankie Hough suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash on the M66 in Bury, Lancashire on Saturday afternoon.
The 38-year-old’s two children, Tommy (9) and Rocky (2), and her four-year-old nephew Tobias Welby were also seriously injured.
They were all taken to hospital in critical condition by rescue plane.
Police arrested 22-year-old Accrington resident Adil Iqbal at the scene and has since been charged with three counts of serious dangerous driving injuries.
He is due to appear before the judges in Manchester later today.
Ms Hough’s best friend Debbie Wright has set up a fundraising page to help her family deal with “the most traumatic incident she has ever experienced”.
She wrote on the page, “Life can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye.”
“Frankie, who is currently 18 weeks pregnant, is in intensive care fighting for her life. Her partner Calvin is desperate at her side.
“Tommy and Tobias are in an induced coma in ICU awaiting brain scan updates.
“This is absolutely devastating for the family and their whole world has really been turned upside down.”
“These next few weeks/months will be crucial for the family and are absolutely traumatic for all of them.”
Ms Wright says family members of all four are at the hospital by their loved ones, including Tobias’ parents Becci and Aaron, Tommy’s father and Ms Hough’s parents Julia and Frank.
She added, “I humbly knock on the door of your kind heart to help and support this family at this difficult time.”
“Due to the serious injuries and critical condition, I’m sure you are aware that your loved ones are not allowed to leave your bed.”
“All monies will go towards Frankie and the children’s recovery because when they wake up their lives could be very different and a long road of recovery ahead so any stress/worries about bills is taken away as their immediate family members owe her not being able to get out of bed.” .
“You would be grateful for anything you could contribute.”
More than £19,000 has already been raised for the family.
Greater Manchester Police said there was a collision between two vehicles on the southbound M66 at Bury at around 3.10pm on 13 May.
Sgt Matt Waggett, of the Major Collisions Investigation Unit, said: “First, I would like to thank the members of the public who selflessly assisted at the scene by calling 999 and those who assisted when police and emergency services arrived on the scene.”
“I urge anyone who may have witnessed this incident to come forward and share any footage, whether dashcam or cell phone, with the police.”
“No matter how small you think it is, it could prove crucial to our investigation.”
On Wednesday, a four-year-old boy and two women, aged 32 and 38, died in a crash in Worcestershire, with four people arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving deaths.
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