'I hope you knew how amazing you were'

Emotional tributes have been paid to an ‘amazing nurse’ killed in a crash on the M6. Beth Malpass, a senior staff nurse at HMP Oakwood, was driving her red MG3 when it was involved in a smash with a white DAF Trucks HGV at around 1am on Saturday, January 23. Emergency services rushed to the southbound carriageway between Wolverhampton and Cannock, but the 27-year-old from Dudley was pronounced dead at the scene.

John McLaughlin, the director of HMP Oakwood said Beth would be missed by colleagues at the category C prison in Featherstone, Staffordshire. “We were deeply saddened to hear of Beth’s recent passing and our thoughts are with her loved ones at this difficult time,” he said. “Beth was an incredibly valued member of our team and she will truly be missed by all her colleagues at Oakwood.”

Social media has also been awash with tributes from heartbroken friends and former colleagues of Beth, who starred in an episode of BBC Two’s The Secret Helpers back in 2018 when she started working in the A&E department at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham. Kevin Roberts said he was “absolutely devastated” by her shock death. “Such a beautiful, caring, lovely young lady,” he continued.

“It was an absolute pleasure working with her and I’m so sorry for her family losing such an amazing daughter, sending my love to them all.” Mohammad Shafique added: “RIP Beth, one of the best nurses I’ve come across.” Sarah Trueman-Jones said: “I hope you knew how amazing you were.

A lot of broken hearts from this news. Sending so much love and strength to your family. Rest in peace beautiful.”

“RIP Beth,” said Laura Jade O’Prey. “Was a pleasure to work alongside you, always with a smile on your face.” Over on Twitter, @EDPractitioner said: “One of our ED family has died in an RTC.

Such a lovely person and an amazing nurse. RIP Beth.” “Awful news,” said @wmasrobmoore.

“One of the good ones gone far too soon. Rest in peace Beth. Thoughts with her loved ones.”

Staffordshire Police is investigating the circumstances leading up to the collision and has urged witnesses to come forward. Officers are also appealing for those with relevant dashcam footage to get in touch. Information can be passed on to the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit by messaging Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter ,quoting incident number 33 of January 23.

Alternatively, people can call 101.

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