Murder investigation launched after woman and 11-month-old daughter killed in crash with lorry

A murder inquiry has been launched after a woman and her 11-month-old daughter died in a two-vehicle crash.

West Mercia Police, who are not seeking to identify any suspects, said the collision happened at around 1am on Tuesday between a grey Ford Focus and a yellow lorry.

The car was travelling northbound on the A41 in north Shropshire when it crashed into the lorry between Newport and Tern Hill near Lavender Cottage, police said.

A 35-year-old woman and her young daughter, who were travelling in the Ford, died at the scene.

No other injuries were reported, the force said.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it sent multiple resources to the scene, including three ambulances and three doctors.

A spokeswoman said: “The two occupants of the car – a woman and a young child – were in a critical condition.

“Crews worked quickly as a team to provide advanced trauma care with assistance from police and fire colleagues.

“Tragically, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the woman and child and they were both confirmed deceased on scene.

“The driver of the HGV, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff but didn’t require hospital treatment and was discharged on scene.”

Next-of-kin of the victims have been informed but formal identification has not yet taken place.

The force has urged anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident or who may have captured the vehicles on dashcam footage to contact them.

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