Joanna Bull
29-year-old Joanna Bull was killed in the M40 car crash. Thames Valley Police / Family of Joanna Bull

A five-week-old baby has been rescued unscathed from the wreckage of a vehicle following a collision with a lorry.

The new born baby, named Ruby, was found in the middle of the totalled Peugeot 406 estate next to the body of her dead mother, Joanna Bull.

The car was involved in a collision with a lorry on the M40 near Bicester, Oxfordshire.

The 29-year-old new mother was travelling from her home in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, to visit her mother, Teresa when the accident happened on Friday. (13 June)

Emergency services were unable to save the infant's mother, Joanna Bull who died in the accident.

Ruby, who was miraculously found unhurt, was airlifted by air ambulance to hospital as a precaution.

She was today being looked after by her father, Dave, who was not travelling with his wife and daughter.

Joanna Bull, was planning to introduce Ruby to her cousin Harry, who was born just three days ago.

In a statement, the 29-year-old's family paid tribute to the "vibrant, beautiful, and caring," first-time mother.

"Jo, who was tragically killed in a car accident, was a loving wife, mum, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and friend to so many and loved by all who knew her.

"She died on her way to visit her mum Teresa, with her five-week-old daughter Ruby, to meet newborn cousin Harry for the first time, and to have a catch up with big sister Soph, and niece Nelly aged two.

"Jo was vibrant, beautiful, and caring in so many ways. A girl who added zest to a room and who had found true love and happiness with her husband of just one year, Dave.

"To have her taken from her family at such a happy time is utterly unbearable. Jo, we never had the chance to say a proper goodbye, but we will never forget how much fun and laughter you brought into all our lives, you will remain in our hearts and memories always."

A post mortem examination will be carried out to establish the exact cause of her death.