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Tributes paid to grandmother, 47, killed in bin lorry crash

'The best mum that anyone could have ever wished for'

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 6th July 2023

Tributes have been paid to the mum-of-four and grandmother who was tragically killed in a crash involving a bin lorry yesterday.

The victim of the road traffic collision has been named as 47-year-old Michelle Atherton, a woman with ‘a heart of gold’.

Michelle was rushed to hospital after the crash between a white Ford Fiesta and a bin lorry in St Helen’s early yesterday morning.

She had been treated on the scene for serious head and chest injuries after the incident the junction of Broad Oak Road and Delta Road.

But she tragically passed away in hospital a short while later.


Michelle’s family said she was ‘the best mum that anyone could have ever wished for’.

She leaves behind four loving children, six grandchildren, and had another grandchild on the way.


In a tribute issued through Merseyside Police, they said: “Our mum was the best mum that anyone could have ever dreamt or wished for.

“She had a heart of gold and a smile that would light up any room that she graced her presence with. You will be dearly missed by your four loving children, six grandchildren and your unborn grandchild.

“We love you mum. You were taken from us too soon. We will love and cherish you forever and always. Michelle Maria Atherton (known to many family and friends as Shelly). We hope you rest in peace now with your mum.”


Officers are still in the early stages of investigating bin lorry crash and are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.

A 43-year-old man from St Helens remains in police custody.

Detective Sergeant Kurt Timpson from the MATRIX Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “Our investigation continues, and I would like to thank members of the local community who have helped us so far.

“However I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information that may help, who we have not already spoken with to please contact the incident team.  In addition, if you live locally or were in the area at the time and have any CCTV or dash camera footage please get in touch.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call the Matrix Roads Policing Unit on (0151) 777 5747, email [email protected], or DM @MerPolCC on Twitter quoting reference 23000603150.

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