A grandma has been killed and her daughter is fighting for her life in hospital after their car was hit by a tractor trailer which had apparently broken loose.
Carol Broxholme, 59, was tragically pronounced dead at the scene of the horror smash, while daughter Sherryann Broxholme, 25, suffered serious head injuries.
Sherryann was cut out the car by firefighters and rushed to hospital, where she remains in a critical condition.
Sherryann, who is autistic, was cared for by her mother.
Two teenagers – a 16-year-old and a 19-year-old – have been arrested in connection with the incident.
The car Carol and Sherryann were travelling in was hit by the trailer in Taunton, Somerset, shortly before 7pm on Thursday.
Writing online, mum-of-three Carol’s brother John Baker said: “It is with the greatest sadness that I have received the news that my lovely young sister, Carol Broxholme, (nee Baker), was tragically killed this evening in a road traffic accident.
“In the same accident her daughter, Sherryann, has received massive injuries and the family and friends are with her at this time.
“As a sister Carol was an inspiration to the rest of the family and her broad smile will forever be in my mind. She was kindness personified.”
“Rest In Peace dear sister, I love you.”
Carol’s son, Luke Broxholme, of Taunton, Somerset, wrote: “Obviously we are completely devastated and heart broken. RIP I love you.”
An investigation has now been launched by police.
The teenagers who were arrested have been bailed until April 11, an Avon and Somerset Police spokesman confirmed.
Scores of tributes have been paid to “inspiring” and “kind” Carol on social media.
Shell Billettn said: “RIP. Thoughts go out to the family” while Valerie May posted: “Thoughts with all involved life is so precious.”
Steve Webb said: “Terrible news so sad.”
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “We were called at 6.54pm following a collision between a car and a tractor towing a trailer on Bridgwater Road.
“The trailer became detached from the tractor and struck the car.
“A woman has sadly died at the scene while another has been taken to Southmead Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
“Officers from the collision investigation unit are at the scene and the road is expected to be closed for some time while our inquiries are carried out.”
Firefighters from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were also called to the scene.
A spokesman said: “Three fire engines and a rescue tender from Taunton were sent to a report of a road traffic collision at Bridgwater Road.
“On arrival the crews confirmed that this was a two vehicle road traffic collision involving a motor vehicle and a tractor/trailer unit.
“Ambulance crews and police were already in attendance.
“Crews released a casualty from within the vehicle using a rapid extrication technique.
“They were then left in the care of Ambulance crews while Fire crews made the vehicles safe and assisted Police.”