The mother and her two children who died in a crash on their way to a family holiday as her husband and 14-year-old son watched from the car in front were named today.
Jane Baker-Lockett, 43, and her children, 12-year-old twins James and Amy Gaskin, died in a collision with an M&S lorry while driving towards Barnstaple in Devon.
The family from the Milton Keynes area were believed to have been travelling to a holiday in two cars when the collision happened on the A361 near Aller Cross.
Jane Baker-Lockett (pictured), 43, and her children, 12-year-old twins James and Amy Gaskin, died in a collision with an M&S lorry while driving towards Barnstaple in Devon
The woman was driving towards Barnstaple in Devon when her car collided with a lorry
Police confirmed yesterday that the mother died at the scene on Monday and Amy was pronounced dead on arrival at North Devon District Hospital.
James was taken to hospital in an air ambulance but died shortly after his arrival following the collision in the family Kia Sportage car at about 8.25am.
The road was closed for nine hours while officers from the Exeter-based serious collision investigation unit of Devon and Cornwall Police examined the scene.
A police spokesman said: 'The family were from the Milton Keynes area and were travelling in a separate vehicle from her husband and their 14-year-old son.'
Emergency services were called to the scene following what some police officers described as one of the most shocking crashes they had seen.
The shocking crash on the A361 witnessed by the woman's husband from a vehicle in front
The collision involving a car and lorry happened on the A361 (pictured on Monday) near Aller Cross as the woman was driving towards Barnstaple in Devon at about 8.25am
Inspector Richard McLellan said the father was in a different car on the same road.
He said: 'It would seem that a car travelling towards Barnstaple, for unknown reasons at the moment, has crossed the centre white line and hit an oncoming truck.
'Unfortunately the family were travelling in two separate cars but travelling together along this road, so dad was there at the scene as well.'
It comes after a similar incident on the same road on Sunday at 11.30am saw another mother and her two young children in a crash which left them all seriously hurt.
Three ambulances, five rapid response vehicles and the air ambulance attended the scene
Highway Maintenance crews were at the scene of the tragedy this evening, clearing the road
North Devon Conservative MP Peter Heaton-Jones declared the A361 - which is known locally as the North Devon link road - as 'unsafe' after the two crashes.
He told BBC Devon that motorists on the road are generally 'taking too many risks because there are short overtaking lanes that suddenly merge at not much notice'.
Mr Heaton-Jones, 53, said that he was working together with the area's local councils to 'get the money we need to get the improvements to this link road'.
He tweeted: 'Very sad to hear three people - a mother and two children - died in #NDevon Link Road crash. Thoughts with families and emergency services.'