A SUNDERLAND lorry driver has been arrested after a four-year-old girl died in a horrific motorway pile-up.
The 63-year-old was held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after his vehicle was involved in a smash with four cars on the M6.
The driver was quizzed by West Midlands police following the incident at 12.30am yesterday.
The girl, who has not yet been named, died despite the efforts of the emergency services called to the scene, between junctions 4A and 4 on the southbound carriageway.
Seven ambulances, four fire engines and police from the Highways Agency attended the incident and the stretch of road between the two junctions was closed for about six-and-a-half hours.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “A child travelling in one car had suffered multiple serious injuries and was receiving CPR from members of the fire service.
“Ambulance crews and a doctor took over resuscitation attempts of the girl and carried out advanced life support at the scene. Emergency treatment continued in the ambulance en route to hospital where a trauma team were on standby.
“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene, ambulance and hospital staff, nothing could be done to save the girl and she was confirmed dead shortly after arriving at hospital.”
The spokesman added that a second girl travelling in the same car, believed to be aged about eight, suffered multiple injuries and received emergency treatment at the scene.
A woman also travelling in the vehicle suffered head injuries
Both patients were taken to hospital by ambulance.
A third child travelling in the same car, a girl also believed to be about four, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.
A man travelling in the car was checked over at the scene but was not injured.
A man and a woman travelling in a second car received multiple minor injuries and were transferred to hospital.
Two other people, a man and a woman who were in a third car involved in the crash, were checked by ambulance crews but did not need hospital treatment.
The man who had been driving the lorry was uninjured.