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Girl dies saving 3-year-old cousin from motorway crash

Mirror logo Mirror 11/02/2017 Paul Britton
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An 11-year-old girl died saving the life of her three-year-old cousin after a motorway horror smash moments before being killed by a lorry. 

Iman Javed's "last act in the world" was to pull Aaima Vasim out of the wreckage after her family's car crashed with another in heavy fog on the M61.

Seconds later a HGV ploughed into the cars, killing the brave schoolgirl, the MEN reports.

Mum Khaldah, Iman’s 15-year-old sister Saania and her young cousin Aaima, who suffers from a serious heart condition, were were all travelling with Iman in a Volkswagen Sharan being driven by her dad Javed when it crashed.

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The family's car was hit by a Renault Clio travelling in the same direction near junction nine of the motorway for Blackburn.

Khaldah and her daughter Saania are believed to have climbed free from the wreckage.

Iman, who leaves a twin brother, managed to help her cousin Aaima out before the car was hit again by the lorry.

The youngster, a pupil at Norden Community Primary School in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, suffered serious injuries was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her father Javed was seriously injured in the January 23 crash and is still fighting for his life in hospital.

Police believe both Javed and Iman were either in the car or close by when the lorry crashed into it.

The grief-stricken family said Iman had a "special bond" with her cousin Aaima and her "last act in the world" was to free her from the car.

Both her mother, teenage sister Saania and Aaima were also hurt on January 23, but are now recovering.

Iman’s mum Khaldah said her daughter was a ‘beautiful blessing" who touched the hearts of everyone she met.

She said: “She was a beautiful, caring, fun-loving, inquisitive and sometimes cheeky young girl. She loved baking and cooking and wanted to learn sewing.

“Iman could play patiently for hours with her younger baby cousins, but she could also tell you the impact Brexit had on the Pound.

"She had her GSCEs planned and wanted to study medicine. Iman had a particularly special bond with her three-year-old cousin Aaima, who suffers from a serious heart condition. Iman’s last act in this world was to help Aaima out of the car to safety.”

Linda Cotton, Iman’s headteacher at Norden Community Primary, paid tribute to a "first-class" student.

“We are struggling to come to terms with her death and are planning to do something in the future to remember her as the special girl that she was,” she added.

Iman leaves behind mum Khaldah, dad Javed, her twin brother Rehan, 11, and siblings Usman, 18, Mariyah, 19 and Saania, 15.

Greater Manchester Police said its investigation was ongoing.

Well-wishers have set up a JustGiving page to support the family.

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