Sana Patel, from Blackburn, died after the collision on the M61 near Bolton on Saturday. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A MAN and a woman have been arrested in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl who passed away on Saturday (6) after a vehicle collision on the M61 near Bolton.

Sana Patel, from Blackburn, died while five others in the Nissan Qashqai she was travelling in suffered minor injuries.

The other car involved in the collision was a Vauxhall Corsa.

“I would like to share very sad news. My mum, sister, brother-in-law, niece and two nephews were involved in a car accident on Saturday evening coming from Bolton,” a spokesman for the family of Sana was quoted as saying by The Times.

“Sadly my niece passed away at the age of 13. The rest have sustained minor injuries and duas [prayers] are needed at this tough time.”

On Sunday (7), police said they have arrested a 23-year-old woman from Mirfield, West Yorkshire on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. A 28-year-old man from Dewsbury was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and of failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Superintendent Andy Cribbin, of Lancashire police, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Sana. There are no words to describe what they will be going through and we send them our deepest condolences at this incredibly difficult time. They are currently being supported by specialist officers. Our investigation is in the early stages and we are working hard to establish exactly what occurred.”

A police spokeswoman added: “We are still appealing for anybody who saw the crash to get in touch as soon as possible. We are also urging anybody who was in the Corsa at the time of the collision to make contact with us.”