'Loving' daughter killed in M5 car crash remembered in heartfelt tributes

PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 February 2018

Elaina Beard.

Elaina Beard.


The family of a Burnham-on-Sea carer has said they are 'heartbroken' after the death of their 'loving' daughter.

Twenty-nine-year-old Elaina Beard died shortly after a four-car collision on the M5 on Friday at 6.20am.

Elaina, who is from Bridgwater but works as a carer for Bluebird Care in Burnham, was involved in the accident which a further 10 people were injured in.

Tributes have poured in for the carer who was described as a ‘real asset’ at the business.

Her family said in a statement: “She was a loving sister, daughter, auntie and friend, who was so caring both as a carer in her day job and a family member.

“Even as we write this it still does not seem real she was taken away from us so early.

“We are supporting each other as a family and have sought a little comfort in the outpouring of messages from people close and far, and we thank you all. We take some comfort knowing she is now with our nan and grandad.”

Bluebird Care wrote on its Facebook page on Friday saying: “Today, sadly one of our lovely carers lost her life, the whole of Bluebird Care are in total shock. She will be missed by all.”

The group also shared Donna Taggart’s song Jealous Of The Angels in tribute to Elaina.

Friends took to social media to share their tributes and memories of her.

One friend described Elaina as a ‘beautiful lady’ who had a ‘heart of gold’.

Two casualties were taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol and another eight went to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.

The accident took place on the northbound carriageway of the M5 between junctions 26 and 25.

It was described as a ‘complex scene’ which resulted in the motorway being closed in both directions for almost 10 hours.

Inspector Darren Jarvis said: “Unfortunately one of the drivers had been struck by other vehicles driving on the southbound carriageway.

“Not all of those vehicles have been identified at the moment.

“I would ask anybody who was travelling on that road at that time, and may not have realised what happened and what they may been involved in, I would ask them to come forward.”

A police spokesman said: “We would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding while we carried out our work at what was a complex scene.”

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