A woman driver killed in a horror motorway crash with a lorry in the early hours of the morning has been named by police.

Beth Malpass was driving her red MG MG3 when it was involved in the smash with a white DAF Trucks HGV at around 1am on Saturday.

Emergency services rushed to the southbound carriageway between Wolverhampton and Cannock, Staffordshire, but the 27-year-old from Dudley, West Midlands, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Specialist officers are supporting the victim's heartbroken family, who have today released a picture of Beth.

The driver of the lorry was not injured and police are now appealing for witnesses to to come forward.

The driver of the lorry was not injured
The driver of the lorry was not injured

A friend paid tribute to Beth on social media saying she was "beautiful inside and out".

She wrote: "It was an honour to have known you Beth. You were without doubt one of the most beautiful people inside and out I have ever known. Sleep tight angel

Beth has been described as "beautiful inside and out"
Beth has been described as "beautiful inside and out"

"My thoughts are with your family right now xx."

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said: "Witnesses who may have seen the vehicles before the collision or anyone with relevant dashcam footage can contact officers from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit by messaging Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 33 of 23 January or calling 101."

The motorway was closed southbound between Junction 12 and Junction 11 for around five hours after the crash happened close to Junction 11a.

The road was not fully open again until around 9.30am.