Emotional tribute paid to ‘happy little girl’ who died in Barton crash

Posted on - 19th August, 2023 - 12:28pm | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Crime, Garstang, Preston News, Wyre News
Millie Gribble died in hospital after the crash on the A6 Pic: Preston Police

Tributes have been paid to the six-year-old girl who died in the crash on the A6 this week.

Millie Gribble died in hospital from her injuries after she and two other children – who were all pedestrians – were hit by a van close to a bus stop near Barton.

In a statement Millie’s family, who were by her bedside when she passed away, said: “Millie was not only an amazing little girl, she was a precious daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend but most importantly she was a priceless gift to us all.

“There are no words to describe how much Millie was loved and how her loss has affected everyone who knew her.

“Millie loved spending precious time with family and friends. She had a passion for playing football, swimming, going on new adventures and was a big fan of music and YouTube.

“Millie loved her pets, her hamster Fang, her brother’s cat Mia and her 14-week-old puppy Duke her little sidekick.

“Millie had so many great qualities; she was kind, caring, funny, clever, energetic and full of life. Millie loved being part of a big family and talked about having her own family one day. Millie wanted to be a police officer when she grew up so she could help and support those people who needed it.

“In her short 6 years of life she brought so much joy to all our hearts and so many smiles to our faces. We will always cherish the memories we have with Millie for the rest of our lives.

“Whenever Millie entered a room she would never fail to light it up like she did with all our hearts.

“Millie never failed to make us laugh and smile with her mischievous antics and adorable sense of humour.

“Millie was such a happy little girl who will be eternally missed by her family and friends and all who knew her.

“Millie you may be gone Sweetheart but you will never be forgotten. We hope you are flying with the angels in peace.

“Love you always with all our hearts Mummy and Daddy XXXX”

Millie Gribble Pic: Preston Police

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A 14-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl were injured in the crash on Tuesday 15 August at 1.15pm. They remain in hospital at this time.

A 59-year-old man from Nateby, near Garstang, has been released under investigation as Preston Police continue their enquiries. He had been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Millie Gribble Pic: Preston Police

Preston Police continue to appeal for witnesses or anyone with information about the crash.

Police can be contacted on 101 quoting log 733 of August 15, 2023 or email

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