Telford crash victim was 48-year-old grandmother with 'a heart of gold'

A family has paid tribute to a carer with "a heart of gold" who died in a car crash.

Rachel Broadhurst was described as having a 'heart of gold'
Rachel Broadhurst was described as having a 'heart of gold'

Mother-of-four and grandmother-of-one Rachel Broadhurst, from Sutton Hill, Telford, died after a collision in New Trench Road on Saturday evening. The crash also claimed the life of 19-month-old baby Winnie-Grace Campbell, from Donnington, who died in hospital on Valentine's Day.

Rachel's children Ryan, Kieran, Liam and Ella, paid tribute to their 48-year-old mother in a joint statement.

They said: "She was a loving, caring woman. A mother of four and a nanny of one. She had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. She was the most amazing woman. Always had a smile on her face no matter what. A true family-oriented mum. She worked in the care community and she loved her job very much.

"She will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends."

Rachel Broadhurst enjoying a day out

Rachel's sister Lisa added: "Our sister Rachel was one amazing sister. She would do anything for anyone. She would light the room up with her lovely smile.

"Rachel was very well known to her friends. She was a loving mother and nan. She was very much loved by all, including her mum, her late dad, her late sister and her other two sisters and brother. Rachel will be very sadly missed by us all as a family. We ask we can be left to grieve at this very sad time."

Meanwhile young Winnie-Grace's mother Ashleigh Jade Campbell has paid tribute to her "darling diva".

Winnie-Grace Campbell also died in the crash

Inquests into the deaths of Rachel and Winnie-Grace were opened at Shirehall on Thursday, and subsequently adjourned to May 26.

It was heard that Rachel was driving along New Trench Road in her Mini at approximately 6.27pm when she was involved in a collision with a Fiat carrying Winnie-Grace. Rachel suffered serious injuries and died at the scene. Winnie-Grace died at Birmingham Children's Hospital two days later.

Two adults in the car with Winnie-Grace were also injured and had to be cut free by firefighters.

The crash was one of two fatal collisions within three days in Shropshire. The other happened on the A41 near Newport and left a mother and her baby daughter dead. It is being treated as murder by West Mercia Police.

West Mercia Police are still investigating, and are asking anyone with dash-cam footage to get in touch quoting incident number 523i of February 12, 2022, or by calling CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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