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Fatal collision, M5 Exeter

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Family pays tribute to ‘amazing’ Amy who ‘loved making people happy’

At approximately 9.15pm on Sunday 12 December 2021, a two-vehicle road traffic collision occurred on the southbound carriageway of the M5 just prior to Junction 31.

The collision involved a BMW 1 Series and a Vauxhall Corsa.

As a result of the collision, the driver of the Vauxhall, 28-year-old Amy Austin from Torquay, was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with life-threatening injuries where she later died. Her next-of-kin have been informed.

Amy’s family have provided the following tribute: “It's hard to put into words how amazing Amy was. She was a hilarious person and loved making people happy. 

“Amy's bubbly energy lit up every room, she was definitely the glue that held our family together after our mum passed away in 2014.

“She adored the outdoors, she'd regularly drive to Dartmoor and other nature reserves for nature photography. Her patience meant she always got the perfect shot.

“She was also an incredible baker and would deliver cookies to everyone. She even walked from Torquay to Newton Abbot once, when her car was in the garage, to ensure her customer received their order. 

“She's going to be greatly missed by her family and hundreds of her friends and colleagues.”

The road was closed for several hours while emergency services attended the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who was travelling in the area who may have relevant dashcam footage, is asked to call police on 101, or email, quoting log number 875 of 12 December 2021.


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