Appeal for witnesses after fatal M6 collision

Posted on - 25th October, 2016 - 11:09am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston News
The M6 is shut both directions near Junction 30 Pic: Google

The M6 was shut both directions near Junction 30 Pic: Google

Preston Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal collision on the M6 yesterday.


At around 1.25pm a white Citroen Relay van was driving north close to junction 31 when it drifted from the first lane of the carriageway and collided with the central reservation. It then crossed back across all three lanes, before coming to a stop on the hard shoulder.

The van did not make contact with any other vehicles.

Several members of the public stopped to assist the driver, who was found unconscious at the wheel.

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Emergency services were called but despite their best efforts the motorist, a male thought to be in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the Royal Preston Hospital.

The motorway was closed for around an hour while a collision investigation was carried out and the air ambulance landed and took off.

The deceased man has yet to formally identified.

Now officers are appealing for anybody who saw the collision, or who saw the van in the moments before the collision, to get in touch.

Sergeant Adam Dawson, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “This was a serious collision in which man has sadly lost his life.

“First and foremost our thoughts are with his friends and family, to whom we send our deepest condolences.

“Now we are determined to piece together exactly what occurred and we would urge anybody who witnessed the collision, or who saw the van shortly before it crashed, to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 596 of October 24th.

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