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Girl, 12, dies in ‘tragic’ M61 hit-and-run in Bolton

Arrests have been made over the hit-and-run killing of a 12-year-old girl on a motorway.

The crash happened near the Rivington services on the M61
The crash happened near the Rivington services on the M61

The victim, named by police as Sana Patel, of Blackburn, died at the scene on the M61 in Lancashire.

She was a passenger in a Nissan Qashqai, which was involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa on Saturday at about 22:45 BST.

The crash happened on the northbound carriageway between junction eight and Bolton West/Rivington services.

Lancashire Police said a 23-year-old woman from Mirfield, West Yorkshire, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A 28-year-old man from Dewsbury was also detained on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. Both remain in custody.

The crash happened on the northbound carriageway between junction eight and Bolton West/Rivington services.

The force said five other people in the Qashqai suffered minor injuries, while those in the Corsa fled the scene on foot.

Det Supt Andy Cribbin said: “This was a tragic incident in which 12-year-old Sana Patel lost her life and our thoughts are very much with her family and friends at this unimaginably difficult time.

“There are no words to describe what they will be going through and we send them our deepest condolences.

“We have now made two arrests but are very much still trying to establish what happened and are asking anybody who saw the collision or either vehicle in the moments before it happened to get in touch as soon as possible.” BBC News