TWO teenage girls died following a road traffic collision on the A595 near Bootle on Friday evening.

Skye Olivia Mitchell, 18, Millom, who was driving a Green Toyota Yaris, and her front seat passenger Caitlin Lydia Huddleston, also 18 years old, from The Green, Millom, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The back seat passenger, an 18-year-old local woman, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The-51-year-old male, driver of the Ford Transit also remains in hospital, his condition is described as serious but stable.

The two teenagers attended Millom School, where head teacher Matthew Savidge says everybody is 'deeply shocked and saddened' by the tragedy.

He said: "Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families and friends of Skye and Caitlin and also with the family of the young woman being treated in hospital, who we hope will recover.

“Skye was a vibrant and exciting personality with such huge potential in the world of the media. She represented exactly what we would want our young adults to be; motivated, responsible, outward-looking and committed. She was open to any opportunity that came her way, from STEM to Dream Placement to presiding over Presentations Evening. To all of these she gave her unique style. As a young person she was warm, compassionate and full of an effervescent charm which drew others to her. She was a loyal and trusted friend to those around her, as well as thoughtful and kind, even to those who did not know her personally. She worked hard and knew her future was going to be exceptionally bright. We will miss her enormously.

“Caitlin left the school two years ago. Staff have described her as a credit to her family and the school. She was engaging, courteous and graceful, softly spoken, yet quietly determined. She was blessed with a wonderful smile which was quick to emerge even during challenging times. A wonderful young woman and such a tragic loss.

“Millom is a close-knit community and we are coming together as a school to remember the girls. We have books of condolence in which staff and students will record their memories and thoughts about Skye and Caitlin and which we will pass onto the families. The Local Authority are supporting the school with counsellors who are available to talk to students and staff who feel that they need this support.

“This is a very difficult time for the school and the local community and it is at times such as this that the community needs to, and will, come together to support those affected. Millom School will do everything we can to help the community grieve for and, when ready, celebrate the lives of Skye and Caitlin."

Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident who has yet to come forward. Contact police on 101, or email, quoting log 230 of the 14th July.