Two people die in crash on M6 near Preston

Posted on - 13th August, 2021 - 11:39am | Author - | Posted in - Lancashire Police, Preston News, Roads, Transport
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Two people have died in a crash on the M6 near Preston.


The North West Ambulance Service and Lancashire Police were called to the scene yesterday afternoon (Thursday 12 August), with Highways England closing the northbound carriageway between J32 and J33 for nine hours in total.

Three fire crews from Lancaster, Fulwood and Preston responded to the incident, which involved a single vehicle. The driver and front-seat passenger were sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

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Lancashire Police said: “We were called at around 4pm to reports of a collision on the M6 motorway between junction 32 and 33.

“Officers attended, and sadly two people, the driver of the vehicle and the front seat passenger, were pronounced dead at the scene. The next of kin are being informed, and our thoughts remain with them at this time.”

Traffic was held, and the northbound motorway was fully closed while emergency services attended the incident. Firefighters, alongside other emergency services, assisted in making the scene safe over several hours.

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Preston was gridlocked, with the A6 Garstang Road significantly affected.

In a tweet yesterday, Highways England said: “Please be aware that traffic remains held on the M6 southbound between J33 Garstang and J22 (for the M55) whilst traffic caught within the closure of the northbound is released through the central reservation.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact police on 101, quoting log number 1125 of 13 August.

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