Tribute paid to Lostock Hall woman who died in M61 crash

Posted on - 1st July, 2020 - 10:11am | Author - | Posted in - Lancashire Police, Lostock Hall, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Toni Sheppard from Lostock Hall
Toni Sheppard lost her life in the crash on Sunday. Pic: Lancs Police

The family of a woman who died following a crash on the M61 on Sunday (June 28) have paid her a tribute.


Toni Sheppard, 38, from Lostock Hall died at the scene of the accident after suffering fatal injuries.

In a tribute, Toni’s family said: “Toni was a much loved daughter, sister, partner and friend but her most important role in life was as a wonderful Mum to her four children.

“Toni was a ray of light in the lives of all who knew her and she was so kind hearted and trusting seeing the good in everyone.

“What she lacked in confidence she made up for in sheer determination and she worked hard at whatever she put her mind to.

“She’s been taken from us far too soon and at a time when she was at her happiest. She will be greatly missed and we would like to ask for privacy at this incredibly difficult time.”

M61 near Bolton West Services Pic: Google Maps

The crash happened near Bolton West Services. Pic: Google Maps

Police were called around 12.45pm on Sunday (June 28) to reports of a one-vehicle collision close to Bolton West Services.

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A Kia Sportage car was travelling southbound when it left the carriageway and overturned.

The road was closed for more than four hours while accident investigators attended.

Police are continuing to appeal for information and urging any witnesses or motorists with dashboard mounted camera footage to come forward.

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Sgt Chris Evans, of Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations, said: “These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with Toni’s family and friends at this very sad and difficult time.

“We would encourage any witnesses, or any drivers with dashcam footage which might show the incident, to come forward if you can assist our investigation.”

Police have asked that anyone with information to call 101 or email quoting log 0643 of June 28.

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