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These are the faces of 12-year-old twins who died in a horror head-on crash with a lorry in north Devon.
James and Amy Gaskin and their mother Jane Baker-Lockett, 43, were killed when their car collided with a lorry on Monday morning.
Mrs Baker-Lockett’s husband Paul Lockett – the stepfather of James and Amy – was driving in a separate vehicle with the couple’s 14-year-old son Jack, and reportedly watched the tragedy unfold in his rear view mirror.
Mrs Baker-Lockett died at the scene of the smash near Aller Cross, close to Landkey Junction, Barnstaple, and the twins were pronounced dead a short while later in hospital.
Their father Chris Gaskin has paid tribute, telling the Daily Mail: “They came into this world together and sadly they have gone together.
“It is an absolute tragedy and they were two fantastic kids who were inseparable. Our loss is just enormous. It is hard to put into words what has happened.”
Two men jumped out of a van after arriving at the scene and desperately tried to help the family, from Milton Keynes, even using a crow bar in an attempt to prise the door of their white Kia Sportage open.
The fiancé of one of them wrote on Facebook: “My partner was there, he seen the car and him and my brother jumped out the van and tried their best to help but couldn’t get the car door open even with a crow bar.
“All he has done is cry at the image he has stuck in his head.”
The crash happened just a day after a nine-year-old girl, Keira Ball, died on the same stretch of road following a collision.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Jane Baker-Lockett, 43, and her children, 12-year-old twins James and Amy Gaskin died when the car they were travelling in was involved in a collision.
“Emergency services were called at 8.25am to the A361 at Barnstaple following a two vehicle collision between a white Kia Sportage travelling towards Barnstaple and a lorry travelling in the opposite direction.
“The family were from the Milton Keynes area and were travelling in a separate vehicle from her husband and her 14-year-old son. They were not directly involved in the incident.
“The road was closed for nine hours whilst officers from the Exeter Serious Collision Investigation Unit examined the scene.”
A ex-firefighter from Milton Keynes has set up a crowdfunding page to raise money for the family, saying “I feel [Milton Keynes] as a community need to pull together to support the family.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police by email on email@example.com or call 101 quoting 0125 of the 31st July.
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