A man is due in court as a pregnant mother-of-two fights for her life in hospital after a motorway crash that also left her son and nephew badly hurt.
Frankie Jules-Hough, 38, was critically injured along with her son Tommy, nine, and Tobias Spencer, four, who is believed to be her nephew, at about 3.10pm on Saturday.
Ms Hough’s other son, Rocky, two, was also hurt.
Emergency services were called to reports of a smash between two vehicles travelling south on the M66 in Bury, Greater Manchester, police said.
Adil Iqbal, 22, of Hope Street, Accrington, who was allegedly behind the wheel of a BMW car, has been charged with three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Keeley D Berry, a friend of Ms Jules-Hough’s family, said on Facebook: “Franki Hough you have to pull through. You have to. Please please pray for her and the boys and her unborn baby girl.
“You’ve never let ANYTHING beat you, please please please please.”
A GoFundMe appeal for the family set up by a friend said Ms Hough is 18-weeks pregnant.
It adds: “This is absolutely devastating for the family and their whole world has been truly turned upside down.”
The appeal has already raised more than £18,000.
Sergeant Matt Waggett from Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “I would like to thank the members of the public who selflessly helped at the scene and called 999, as well as those who assisted when police and emergency services arrived on scene.”