Girl (5) trapped for hours next to dead father after car crashes in thick fog in England
Youngster discovered with body of her 25-year-old father in badly damaged Ford Fiesta after it hits tree on country road in Crakemarsh
A young girl is believed to have been trapped in the wreckage of a car with her dead father for several hours after he was killed when they smashed into a tree in thick fog.
The injured five-year-old girl was found in the badly damaged vehicle - not visible to passing motorists - near the body of the 25-year-old on Sunday morning.
She was discovered in the back of the Ford Fiesta after two cyclists spotted it in a ditch on a country road near Uttoxeter, in Staffordshire.
est Midlands Ambulance Service said the little girl had been trapped in the car "for some time" before paramedics arrived at about 9.35am.
A spokesman said the car has suffered considerable damage after hitting a tree in foggy conditions on the B5030 at Crakemarsh.
He said: "Unfortunately, it was immediately obvious that the man driving had passed away.
"A five-year-old girl was found in the back of the car. She was complaining of abdominal and back pain. After being fully assessed on the back of the ambulance, she was taken to hospital.
"This was an extremely difficult incident for all involved, including the two cyclists who made the discovery."
The spokesman added: "The car had suffered considerable damage. It appeared to have been there for some time. It was very foggy at the time."
The girl was still being treated at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on Monday. The driver, who lives locally, has not yet been named.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "At this early stage of the investigation is it not known at what time the collision occurred."
They added: "A five-year-old girl, the man's daughter, was taken to the Royal Stoke Hospital for observations and treatment for what were described as minor injuries.
"Specially trained family liaison officers are working to support the family at this difficult time."
One local farmer, who lives near the scene, said: "The fog has been the worse I have known for a long time.
"The visibility was non-existent for the whole weekend and these roads would be treacherous for people who did not know them well.
"I heard the ambulances in the morning, but I didn't know what had happened. It is an absolute tragedy.
"That poor little girl will no doubt be haunted by what she has experienced for the rest of her life. It just doesn't bear thinking about."
And a Met Office yellow weather warning for fog, covering much of England and east Wales, remains in force until at least midday on Monday.
Forecasters warned that visibility could be reduced to less than 100 yards, bringing difficult driving conditions.
Highways England urged people to allow more time and take extra care in fog.