A young woman has tragically been killed in a city tunnel during a late night a car crash.
22-year-old Paige Rice was fatally injured in the collision between a car and a taxi inside the tunnel in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Today Paige’s mum posted an emotional tribute to her daughter and said she was “broken” by the death of her “beautiful baby”.
Posting on Paige’s Instagram, her mum said: “As most people are aware now, my beautiful baby girl Paige has passed away.
“She was involved in a tragic accident in the early hours and words can not describe how broken I am as her mum.
“I’m overwhelmed by the love being shown.
“She really was the most beautiful girl, with the biggest smile, a contagious laugh and a heart of gold.
“If you were a friend of Paige she would love you with all she’s got and she would be there in an instant if you ever needed her. She lived life to its fullest.
“She had big dreams and Paige always made things happen, her drive to succeed was inspirational.
“Paige has been my rock recently, I can barely breathe right now and I don’t know how to carry on.
“My house is quiet and all I want is to talk to her one last time.
“Time is so precious and we never know when our time is up. Love each other and tell each other.
“We will always be the three musketeers.”
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Hundreds of people commented under the post sending their deep condolences to the family.
One said: “Paige was one of the most loveliest, down-to-earth girls I knew absolutely beautiful inside and out.
“Will miss our little catch ups! RIP beautiful girl. Sending so much love to family and friends.”
Police officers were called to the Queensway Tunnel in Liverpool at 12.30am on Sunday.
Merseyside Police confirmed to the ECHO : “The woman’s name is Miss Paige Rice, age 22 from Marston Green, Solihull.
“The driver of the car is still in a very critical condition and the taxi driver is in a serious condition but this is not life threatening.”
“We can confirm we are investigating following a fatal road traffic collision in the Queensway tunnel in the early hours of this morning, Sunday, October 17.
“Officers were contacted at 12.25am following reports an Audi S3, travelling towards Wirral, had been in a collision with a taxi inside the tunnel.
“The male driver and female passenger of the Audi sustained multiple injuries and were transferred to hospital, where the woman, who is in her 20s, sadly died.
“The male driver, also in his 20s, remains in hospital in a critical condition.
“The male taxi driver, a man in his 40s, suffered serious injuries and is also in hospital.
“Next of kin have been made aware and are being supported by specialist officers.”
Matrix Inspector Mark Worrell said: “Our thoughts go out to the family of the woman who died and those who were injured in this collision.
“The incident is currently under investigation and I would ask anyone who saw anything prior to the collision which could assist our enquiries to get in touch.
“It is believed that prior to entering the tunnel the Audi had been in collision with another vehicle on the Hunter Street roundabout. We are currently examining a number of lines of enquiry.”
If you witnessed the incident or have any CCTV, dashcam or other footage contact Merseyside Police on (0151) 777 5747, email: [email protected], or via @MerPolCC on Twitter, or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook, with reference 21000720520.