‘Loving’ mum-of-six and ‘caring’ dad-of-eight killed after car collides with tractor in horror smash that injured four

HEARTBROKEN families have paid tribute to a "loving" mum-of-six and "caring" dad of eight killed when a tractor crashed into a car.

Michelle Pattinson, 42, was a passenger in a Ford S-Max driven by Shaun Milburn, 34, before Saturday morning's horror smash in Cumbria.


Police said the tractor and the car collided at the A66/A595 Fitz roundabout near Cockermouth around 5.50am.

Ms Pattinson and Mr Milburn died at the scene following the crash, which injured four others.

Three passengers in the car, a man and a woman in their thirties and a man in his forties, were rushed to hospital suffering serious but non life-threatening injuries.

The tractor driver, a local man aged 20, was treated in hospital for minor injuries.

'ALWAYS WITH US'

Both Ms Pattinson and Mr Milburn's families paid tribute to them after the tragedy.

In a statement, Ms Pattinson's family said: "Rest in peace Michelle. Sadly gone, but forever loved and missed.

“A loving mother of six beautiful children, and sister of Wendy, Wayne, Dawn and Gemma.

"Fly high, you're always with us."

Mr Milburn's wife, Shareen Milburn, hailed him as "a loving and overprotective father to eight children, aged between 17 years and 1 year old.

She said: "Shaun was my best friend, my number one man. He was such a caring and loyal husband, who came from a big family of seven brothers and one sister.

"Family was everything to him, he loved spending time with family and could not have wished for a better Mam and Dad, who he loved deeply.

"Shaun was the life and soul of the party, he enjoyed life to the full.

"He leaves a big hole in all our hearts and he will never be forgotten."

Mayor of Cockermouth, Alan Smith, said: “This is an absolute tragedy.

"I express my deepest condolences to both of the families who have lost their loved ones at this awful time , and will be thinking of all those who have been affected by the crash.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the fatal crash.

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