The mother and her two children who died in a crash on their way to a family holiday as her husband and 14-year-old son watched from the car in front were named today.
Jane Baker-Lockett, 43, and her children, 12-year-old twins James and Amy Gaskin, died in a collision with an M&S lorry while driving towards Barnstaple in Devon.
The family from the Milton Keynes area were believed to have been travelling to a holiday in two cars when the collision happened on the A361 near Aller Cross.
Jane Baker-Lockett (pictured), 43, and her children died in a collision on the A361 in Devon
Twelve-year-old twins James and Amy Gaskin also died in the crash on Monday morning
The mother was driving towards Barnstaple in Devon when her car collided with a lorry
Mrs Baker-Lockett’s husband – stepfather to James and Amy – was travelling in a separate vehicle in front of her white Kia Sportage with their 14-year-old son.
Police confirmed that the mother died at the scene and Amy was pronounced dead on arrival at North Devon District Hospital.
James was taken to hospital in an air ambulance but died shortly after his arrival following the collision in the car at about 8.25am on Monday.
The road was closed for nine hours while officers from the Exeter-based serious collision investigation unit of Devon and Cornwall Police examined the scene.
The shocking crash on the A361 witnessed by the woman’s husband from a vehicle in front
The collision involving a car and lorry happened on the A361 (pictured on Monday) near Aller Cross as the woman was driving towards Barnstaple in Devon at about 8.25am
A police spokesman said: ‘The family were from the Milton Keynes area and were travelling in a separate vehicle from her husband and their 14-year-old son.’
Girl, 9, dies in separate crash on the same road less than 24 hrs earlier
A nine-year-old girl has died after a separate crash on the same road less than 24 hours earlier.
The child, who has not been named, died in the crash on the A361 that also left her mother in her 30s and a seven-year-old child with serious injuries.
The collision near West Buckland happened when their Vauxhall Vectra car hit a Ford Ranger 4×4 towing a trailer travelling the other way.
The Ford driver suffered minor injuries and was released from hospital. It was dry at the time of the crash but it had been raining and the road was wet.
Police Inspector Inspector Richard McLellan said Sunday’s collision at 11.30am, which came 21 hours before Monday’s crash, was a ‘terrible coincidence’.
He added: ‘There is nothing to link these incidents. It had nothing to do with road or weather conditions.
‘But very similar circumstances, a woman travelling towards Banstaple on the A361 with two young children in the car.
‘For an unknown reason the car has crossed the while lines and collided with a car and trailer.’
Police from across the force area attended the scene and a full forensic scene and vehicle examination was carried out.
Emergency services were called to the scene following what some police officers described as one of the most shocking crashes they had seen.
Inspector Richard McLellan said the father was in a different car on the same road.
He said: ‘It would seem that a car travelling towards Barnstaple, for unknown reasons at the moment, has crossed the centre white line and hit an oncoming truck.
‘Unfortunately the family were travelling in two separate cars but travelling together along this road, so dad was there at the scene as well.’
It comes after a similar incident on the same road on Sunday at 11.30am saw another mother and her two young children in a crash which left them all seriously hurt.
North Devon Conservative MP Peter Heaton-Jones declared the A361 – which is known locally as the North Devon link road – as ‘unsafe’ after the two crashes.
He told BBC Devon that motorists on the road are generally ‘taking too many risks because there are short overtaking lanes that suddenly merge at not much notice’.
Mr Heaton-Jones, 53, said that he was working together with the area’s local councils to ‘get the money we need to get the improvements to this link road’.
He tweeted: ‘Very sad to hear three people – a mother and two children – died in #NDevon Link Road crash. Thoughts with families and emergency services.’
Mr McLellan added: ‘It seems at the moment we had two cars travelling towards Barnstaple – a family on holiday in the area – when for an unknown reason the vehicle had crossed the centre lines and collided with an HGV coming the other way.’
Three ambulances, five rapid response vehicles and the air ambulance attended the scene
Highway Maintenance crews were at the scene of the tragedy this evening, clearing the road
Three ambulances, five rapid response vehicles and the air ambulance attended the scene of Monday morning’s crash.
A police spokesman said: ‘A road closure has been put on at West Buckland junction and the Lankey junction on the A361 whilst officers conduct scene investigations.
‘The closure is likely to be on all day and motorists are being advised to avoid the area.’
The carriageway was also closed in both directions to allow the air ambulance to land. Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward.
The road remained closed as police carried out an investigation into the devastating crash
Emergency services were called to the scene at 8.25am and the road in Devon was closed
North Devon county councillor Brian Greenslade said he was saddened by the two tragic accidents on the A361 on Sunday and Monday.
He said: ‘It is deeply upsetting that two tragic accidents have taken place so close to each other within the space of two days.
‘Ours thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends caught up in the accidents.
‘We think particularly about the mother and two children who have been killed on Monday.
North Devon Conservative MP Peter Heaton-Jones was ‘very sad’ to hear about the incident
‘It’s a matter of historic record that I have been a critic of the design of the link road ever since the promised dual carriageway link road was downgraded to single carriageway in the early 1980s.
‘It is deceptive especially for drivers who do not use the road regularly. That continual lobbying for improvements, at the West Buckland junction in particular, are moving forward will be no solace to the those caught up in these crashes.
‘We must all fight as hard as we can to get the improvements which have just been consulted upon in place just as quickly as possible.’
And an M&S spokesman told MailOnline on Monday: ‘Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family and friends of the individuals involved.’