A SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD girl has died and two males suffered life-changing injuries in a horror crash when their car hit a cattle truck.
Sarah Jepson, from Cadole, near Mold, suffered serious head and chest injuries and died at Stoke Mandeville hospital on Saturday evening, North Wales Police said.
Her family were with her at the hospital when she died.
The driver of the car, a 21-year-old from Queensferry, and a 17-year-old boy, also from Mold, remained in hospital last night. Their conditions were said to be ‘stable’.
The three people travelling in the Peugeot 206 were cut from the wreckage by firefighters following the collision, which happened on the A5104 in Penymynydd on Friday shortly after 6.15pm.
An eye witness who saw the aftermath of the crash described the car as ‘unrecognisable’.
Sarah had recently started her A-levels at Deeside College and was said to be an excellent swimmer.
In a moving tribute issued last night, Sarah’s mother Jacqui said she was ‘so kind, loving and a pleasure to be around’.
“Sarah was so full of life – she was an intelligent insightful teenager,” she said.
“She was so kind, caring, loving and an absolute pleasure to be around.
“Sarah was an adventurist who loved sports and was an excellent swimmer.
“She had such a good sense of humour and was a fantastic artist.”
A statement released by her family, who were ‘devastated’ by her death, read: “Sarah was taken from us so tragically and there is nothing that can be said to comfort us at this time of loss."
The statement added that she had ‘such potential and aspirations for her future’.
“She leaves her mother and grandparents who are completely devastated by Sarah’s passing,” the statement added.
“Sarah’s family would like to express their thanks to everyone involved who have gone the extra mile to make this distressing time more bearable, including the A&E staff at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital, North Staffordshire Trauma Unit, North Wales Police, and North Wales Fire Service.”
Community leaders last night spoke of their shock at the news of the teenager’s death.
Penyffordd councillor Cindy Hinds said: “It’s so sad to hear when it is such a young person. My deepest sympathies go out to her family and the people involved.
“It must be awful for them – especially with Christmas coming up.”
Mayor of Mold, Cllr Robin Guest, added: “I’m very sorry to hear such sad and particularly tragic news.”
The teenage boy was taken to the Maelor Hospital in Wrexham with a broken leg and facial injuries, while the driver received serious injuries to his chest and abdomen and was conveyed to the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Fire crews from Buckley and Deeside attended the scene on Friday, as well as a technical rescue unit from Wrexham.
Police closed the road in both directions until 11.30pm.
Three ambulances also attended.
North Wales Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them on 101, quoting reference P180604.