UPDATED: Young mother killed in crash in Halifax - victim named

Flowers at the scene of fatal accident, Boothtown Road, Halifax
Flowers at the scene of fatal accident, Boothtown Road, Halifax
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A young mother who died in a crash in Halifax which also left her two children seriously hurt has been named.

Emily Phillips, who is thought to have come from Boothtown, was 25.

The accident happened at around 3.30pm yesterday when a Vauxhall Astra, which was travelling from Chester Road, crossing the A647 Boothtown Road to go onto Woodlands Road, was involved in a collision with a black Seat Leon travelling on Boothtown Road towards Halifax.

Emily was the front seat passenger of the Astra. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The male driver, aged 26, and two passengers who are Emily and the driver’s children – a girl aged seven and a boy aged four - were taken to hospitals and are said to be seriously injured.

Police say the conditions of the two children are thought to be improving.

Officers are particularly keen to speak to the driver of a blue coloured X registered Mercedes 230 CLK that was seen driving with the Seat Leon immediately before the incident and are appealing for any witnesses who saw the car before 3.30pm.

The occupants of the Seat Leon - four men aged 19, 20, 21 and 27 from the Bradford area - have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Two other men have been arrested who are believed to have been in the Mercedes - aged 23 and 22 - on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Wood, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “This was a young family going about their daily business but have suffered the ultimate tragedy.

“Two young children have been left without a mum and I would appeal to anyone who saw this incident or who knows the whereabouts of the Mercedes to get in contact.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or the moments leading up to it or anyone with any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact officers on 101.