Touching tributes to crash victim

A fatal collision occurred on Blackpool Road near St. Michael's on Wyre on Saturday which closed the road for over three hours

A fatal collision occurred on Blackpool Road near St. Michael's on Wyre on Saturday which closed the road for over three hours

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THE family of a grandmother who died on a Fylde road have paid a touching tribute to the former supply teacher.

Wendy Hartley, 63, from Cabus, near Garstang, died on Saturday when the purple Citroen car she was travelling in on Blackpool Road, St Michael’s, was in collision with a Suzuki 4x4.

Wendy Hartley, 63, from Cabus, who died when the Citroen car she was a passenger in was in collision with a Suzuki 4x4 on Blackpool Road, St Michael's, on Saturday, February 4.

Wendy Hartley, 63, from Cabus, who died when the Citroen car she was a passenger in was in collision with a Suzuki 4x4 on Blackpool Road, St Michael's, on Saturday, February 4.

A tribute from Mrs Hartley’s family said: “Wendy was a retired supply teacher having worked for many years in the Garstang and Preston areas.

“Above all she was a much loved wife to Bill for nearly 40 years and a loving daughter, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”

The 63-year-old was travelling on Blackpool Road with her husband when the vehicle skidded.

Firefighters said the weather may have been a contribing factor.

Driving conditions were treacherous throughout the Fylde coast as freezing temperatures created ice on the road and fog made visibility poor.

Both Mrs Hartley and her husband had to be cut out of their vehicle by firefighters from Bispham and Wesham.

They were taken to Preston Royal Hospital along with the driver of the Suzuki, where Mrs Hartley died later from her injuries.

However, both drivers suffered only minor injuries.

Blackpool Road was closed between Hall Lane and Whitehouse Lane for three-and-a-half hours after the crash at 11.15am.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the crash to come forward and help with their inquiries.

To contact Lancashire Police call their new non-emergency number 101.