Mother is killed and her autistic daughter fights for her life in hospital after runaway trailer smashed into their car

Carol Broxholme, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene of the Taunton smash 
Daughter Sherryann, 25, suffered serious head injuries in the Thursday crash 
Two teenagers, 16 and 19, have been arrested in connection with the incident 

By Fionn Hargreaves For Mailonline

Published: 14:52 EDT, 11 March 2017 | Updated: 14:52 EDT, 11 March 2017

e-mail69 shares[Grandmother-of-two Carol Broxholme, 59, (right) died after her car was struck by a runaway trailer. Daughter Sherryann Broxholme, 25, (left) suffered serious head injuries]
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Grandmother-of-two Carol Broxholme, 59, (right) died after her car was struck by a runaway trailer. Daughter Sherryann Broxholme, 25, (left) suffered serious head injuries

A mother has been killed and a daughter is fighting for her life after their car was struck by a runaway trailer.

Grandmother-of-two Carol Broxholme, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene of the horror smash in Taunton, Somerset. 

Her daughter Sherryann Broxholme, 25, suffered serious head injuries and was rushed to hospital. 

Sherryann, who is autistic and was cared for by her mother, was removed from the car by firefighters and remains in a critical condition.

Two teenagers, 16 and 19, have been arrested in connection with the incident.

The car Carol and Sherryann were travelling in was hit by a tractor trailer that came loose shortly before 7pm on Thursday.

Writing online, mother-of-three Carol's brother John Baker said: 'It is with the greatest sadness that I have received the news that my lovely young sister, Carol Broxholme, (nee Baker), was tragically killed this evening in a road traffic accident.

'In the same accident her daughter, Sherryann, has received massive injuries and the family and friends are with her at this time.

'As a sister Carol was an inspiration to the rest of the family and her broad smile will forever be in my mind. She was kindness personified.[Two teenagers, aged 16 and 19, have been arrested in connection with the incident. Carol was pronounced dead at the scene of the smash in Taunton, Somerset]
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Two teenagers, aged 16 and 19, have been arrested in connection with the incident. Carol was pronounced dead at the scene of the smash in Taunton, Somerset

'You were taken far too young sis and using this medium of Facebook Is my only outlet as I sit alone with waves and waves of memories of you flying through my brain, bringing me to tears and smiles in equal measure.

'You had your hardships while you were growing up but grow up you did and left home to raise a family who are a testament to your good character.

'Rest In Peace dear sister, I love you.'

In a second post, he added: I have heard of the power of prayer and if it works then all your prayers for Sherryann will help her pull through this terrible tragedy.

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'Sherryann is out of surgery and has a fractured skull and a broken bone in her neck.

'She is still critically ill and I would like you all to keep praying.

'Thanks for all your kind words Facebookers, the family hears them.'

Carol's son, Luke Broxholme, of Taunton, Somerset, wrote: 'As most people are aware there was a road traffic accident on Bridgwater road last night.[Sherryann, who is autistic and was cared for by her mother, was removed from the car by firefighters and remains in a critical condition]
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Sherryann, who is autistic and was cared for by her mother, was removed from the car by firefighters and remains in a critical condition

'Unfortunately and tragically our mum was killed in this our sister is at Southmead Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

'Obviously we are completely devastated and heart broken so RIP I love you.'

An investigation has now been launched by police.

The teenagers who were arrested have been bailed until April 11, an Avon and Somerset Police spokesman confirmed.

Scores of tributes have been paid to 'inspiring' and 'kind' Carol on social media.

Shell Billettn said: 'RIP. Thoughts go out to the family' while Valerie May posted: 'Thoughts with all involved life is so precious.'[In a Facebook post, Carol's brother John Baker said: 'Carol was an inspiration to the rest of the family and her broad smile will forever be in my mind. She was kindness personified']
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In a Facebook post, Carol's brother John Baker said: 'Carol was an inspiration to the rest of the family and her broad smile will forever be in my mind. She was kindness personified'

Steve Webb said: 'Terrible news so sad.'

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: 'We were called at 6.54pm following a collision between a car and a tractor towing a trailer on Bridgwater Road.

'The trailer became detached from the tractor and struck the car.

'A woman has sadly died at the scene while another has been taken to Southmead Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

'Officers from the collision investigation unit are at the scene and the road is expected to be closed for some time while our inquiries are carried out.'

Firefighters from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were also called to the scene.[John asked people to pray for his niece Sherryanne, who has had surgery and is suffering from a fractured skull and a broken bone in her neck]
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John asked people to pray for his niece Sherryanne, who has had surgery and is suffering from a fractured skull and a broken bone in her neck

A spokesman said: 'Three fire engines and a rescue tender from Taunton were sent to a report of a road traffic collision at Bridgwater Road.

'On arrival the crews confirmed that this was a two vehicle road traffic collision involving a motor vehicle and a tractor/trailer unit.

'Ambulance crews and police were already in attendance.

'Crews released a casualty from within the vehicle using a rapid extrication technique.

'They were then left in the care of Ambulance crews while Fire crews made the vehicles safe and assisted Police.'

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Questions must  be asked:

What kind of trailer?

Did it have a MOT?

How can a 19 year old be allowed to drive a Tractor And A Trailer?

What expierence?

What Inspections?

And why is a 16 year old also with him?

Safety Chains?

Breakaway Cable?

Where are the pictures of the trailer?

Who is investigating?


This Family Has Been Trying To Bring Awarness To The Government Of The United Kingdom But With No MOT And Inspections Of These Trailers The PREVENTABLE Loss Of Lives Will Continue.

 In 1971 J. Standard Baker Quoted " Drivers Towing Trailers  Are Four (4) Times As Unsafe As Those In Cars Alone!