Tributes paid to M62 crash victim

The M62 was closed in both directions following the collision on Friday morning

The scene of a crash on the M62 in West Yorkshire between a lorry and a minibus

The minibus involved in the crash was carrying a group of women to a hen do in Liverpool

Bethany Jones, 18, was killed in a horrific motorway crash on the M62, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire

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Tributes have been flooding in for a teenager killed in a horrific motorway crash involving a minibus taking a group of women to a hen party.

Bethany Jones, 18, was killed and eight women seriously injured when their vehicle collided with a lorry on the M62, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, on Thursday morning, police said.

In total 21 women were injured including the bride-to-be, named in reports as Stefanie Firth, after the group set out from nearby South Elmsall to travel to Liverpool.

The driver of the lorry was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on bail, West Yorkshire Police said.

Of the eight women critically injured, one is in intensive care while seven are described as being in a "serious but stable" condition, a force spokesman said.

The crash, which happened at about 11.30am, left the minibus on its side across a carriageway and luggage strewn across the motorway.

Six air ambulances were called to the scene, close to junction 32 on the westbound carriageway, and four took casualties to nearby hospitals.

Firefighters called the crash "the worst they had seen in a number of years", Dave Walton, assistant chief fire officer at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said.

Tributes and messages of support flooded on to Facebook. Holly Jackson wrote on Ms Jones' Facebook page: "RIP Beth hope ur family are holding up. Xx"

Alexandra Wood wrote on Ms Warner's Facebook page: "Get well soon ash, thinking of you and your family xxx"

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