For Lancashire Constabulary.

Tributes have been paid to a former Isle of Wight teaching assistant – and mother-of-two – who died in a car crash in Lancashire on Tuesday (8).

50-year-old, Anne Kerr, was killed in a collision involving the minibus she was travelling in, a HGV and a number of other vehicles.

Lancashire Constabulary says the incident took place close to the M58 westbound at Bickerstaffe. A 14-year-old boy also died.

Ms Kerr worked at Ventnor’s St Catherine’s School on the Island for over 13 years, before moving to Southport in 2014.

Headteacher of her former school, Rachel Weldon, described her as a ‘very special lady’:

“St Catherine’s is devastated by the news. Anne worked with us as a teaching assistant for over 13 years. In addition, her son was a student at the school.

“She was a very special lady, who would do anything for anybody. She was hugely respected by the staff and Trustees and students adored her.

“She was instrumental in setting up work experience placements for our students on the Island, so was also well known by a number of businesses.

“Many staff have stayed in contact with her since her move back to Southport in the summer of 2014. She will be sorely missed by many people.

“Our thoughts and sympathies also go out to her current school, Pontville School.”

Ms Kerr’s family said she was ‘much loved’ and will be ‘deeply missed’.

They said:

“She was a daughter, wife, and mum to two lovely boys. She was a lovely personality to be around. Her death has left us all heartbroken.”

A 31-year-old man from Chorley, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, has been released under investigation.