Family pay tribute to Torquay woman who died following M5 collision

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(Last Updated On: December 18, 2021)

The family of a woman who died following a collision on the M5 last Sunday have paid tribute to her.

Emergency services were called to reports of a collision involving two vehicles on the Southbound carriageway of the M5 near junction 21, at around 9.15pm on Sunday 12 December 2021.

Amy Austin, 28, from Torquay, was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with life-threatening injuries where she later died.

Amy’s family said: “It’s hard to put into words how amazing Amy was. She was a hilarious person and loved making people happy.

“Amy’s bubbly energy lit up every room, she was definitely the glue that held our family together after our mum passed away in 2014.

“She adored the outdoors, she’d regularly drive to Dartmoor and other nature reserves for nature photography. Her patience meant she always got the perfect shot.

“She was also an incredible baker and would deliver cookies to everyone. She even walked from Torquay to Newton Abbot once, when her car was in the garage, to ensure her customer received their order.

“She’s going to be greatly missed by her family and hundreds of her friends and colleagues.”

The road was closed for several hours while emergency services attended the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who was travelling in the area who may have relevant dashcam footage, is asked to call police on 101, or email, quoting log number 875 of 12 December 2021.

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