Updated: Wednesday, 20th November 2019 @ 5:39am

Toddler comforted by family after surviving Oldham fireball road smash that claimed his young mum's life

Toddler comforted by family after surviving Oldham fireball road smash that claimed his young mum's life

By Jon Harris

A toddler who survived a fireball road smash in Oldham which killed his young mother was being comforted by his family today.

Little Rory Taylor was strapped into a booster seat when mum Georgina lost control of her Mini Cooper which overturned and burst into flames.

Georgina, 22, suffered fatal head and serious neck injuries and died around 12 hours later.

But 13-month-old Rory escaped with cuts and bruises after three passing motorists stopped at the crash scene and used a fire extinguisher to smash a rear window, helped extinguish the flames and pull the toddler clear.

Rory was taken for a check-up but is now being cared for by Georgina's family.

Today tributes were paid to the pretty blonde, from Harrogate, North Yorks who was heading into Manchester at the time of crash at 8.55am on Saturday.

Greater Manchester Police said she lost control of her silver saloon and collided with trees on the A627 (M) southbound, near Oldham.

Firefighters had to cut Georgina free after the car flipped onto its roof. Officers want to speak to drivers who may have seen the crash, which happened near to the Elk Mill Retail Park junction. Police closed the motorway but reopened later.

Sgt Paul Higgins, from the serious collision investigation unit, said: "This is an absolute tragedy and our thoughts are with the family of this young woman.

"We currently have specially trained officers with them to help get through this horrendous ordeal.

"I would ask anyone who may have been driving along the A627(M) near to Elk Mill and witnessed the collision to call us."

A fire service spokeswoman said: "Fire crews from Heywood and Chadderton and a Technical Response Unit from Ashton were called to Broadway, Chadderton, at 8.54am on Saturday.

"A car had left the road and collided with some trees before catching fire and a 22-year-old woman was trapped inside.

"Three passing motorists attempted to put the fire out using fire extinguishers and they managed to rescue a baby who was also in the car.

"Firefighters used rapid extrication to release the woman from the car quickly and she was taken to hospital by air ambulance."

In a statement the family of the young mum said:  "Georgina Lauren Taylor, known to her friends and family as George, was a loving mother, daughter and sister and leaves behind her 13 month old son, Rory.

"We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time."

On her Facebook page Georgina posted pictures of Rory playing with his Thomas The Tank Engine toy and also of his 1st birthday showing a Peppa the Pig cake.

Her last posting on January was a picture accompanied by the caption: ''From this day on when I look back on the past I will smile and say to myself 'I never thought I never thought I could do it...but I did..... I overcome all the people who tried to bring me down....'

In a tribute Tracy Roche said: ''Beautiful x.''

Lucie Blackburn added: ''perfect pic for a perfect girl!  miss you georgie!  xxx.''

Kassie Davies said: ''Miss u sleep tight beautiful xxx.''

Story via Cavendish Press.

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