Pupil who died in M53 collision named


A West Kirby school pupil who died in a coach collision on Friday morning has been named.

The family of 15-year-old Jessica Baker have also released an image of their daughter through Merseyside Police.

She was killed in the incident, along with the driver of the coach, close to junction five of the M53 at around 8am.

The coach was taking the pupils to West Kirby Grammar and Calday Grange Grammar Schools.

In total 58 people were involved in the incident, including a 14 year-old boy who has suffered life changing injuries and remains in hospital.

A total of 52 attended an emergency services training centre in Wallasey, of which 39 were discharged with no need for further treatment, with 13 treated for minor injuries and released.

Junctions 3-5 of the M53 remain closed in both directions and will continue to remain closed for a considerable time while investigations continue and motorists are advised to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.

Local Policing Superintendent Sabi Kaur said: “This was a truly horrific incident and the impact on this will have been felt far and wide not only in Wirral but across Merseyside.

“Our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the girl and the bus driver as well as with those who have been impacted by this incident and we will do everything we can to support them in the coming days and weeks. 

“We would ask anyone who witnessed the collision or believes they have captured something significant to contact us as a matter of urgency.

“We would also ask the public to avoid speculating on the incident or posting information or images which could be distressing for the families and those involved.”

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the Matrix Serious Collision Investigation Unit on (0151) 777 5747 or SCIU@merseyside.police.uk or contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or Merseyside Police Contact Centre on Facebook quoting reference 23000944471.