Lancashire

Tribute to woman killed in A666 crash

Helen Openshaw with her daughters and niece
Image caption Helen Openshaw left behind three daughters and a baby niece

A woman killed in a car crash in Lancashire along with two friends was a mother of three, police said.

Helen Openshaw, 38, of Farnworth in Bolton, died at the scene of the crash on the A666 Bolton Road in Darwen at about 15:30 BST on Saturday.

Roy O'Brien, 33, and Lee Amos, 39, were also killed as they travelled in a Peugeot which hit a lamppost.

Ms Openshaw's daughters, aged five, eight and 12, "were her world", her family said.

In a statement, they said: "Our Helen was a beautiful mother, sister, daughter and auntie.

"She was a bubbly character, known by so many people in the area as she grew up and lived most of her life in Kearsley and Farnworth.

Image caption Lee Amos was one of three people killed in the crash

"Tragically she leaves behind three beautiful daughters who were her world and her little niece to whom she was devoted. The girls love and miss their mummy very much.

"The family are devastated by what has happened and are trying to support Helen's girls as best we can at this terrible time."

Mr Amos's family said: "Lee was a brilliant lad, good son, dad, brother and uncle. He will be very sadly missed by all his family and many friends."

Another woman, 25, remains in a critical condition after the crash.

Lancashire Police has appealed to anyone with any information to contact the force.

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