Passenger dies following M6 collision

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A woman has sadly died following a collision on the M6 last week.

Police were called around 6.40pm on Wednesday 15 May to reports of a collision between a Peugeot 207 car and a petrol tanker between Junctions 27 and 28 northbound. Emergency services attended with the driver of the Peugeot, a 21-year-old man from Blackburn, found with a number of serious injuries. Sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 21-year-old woman from Blackburn, a passenger in the Peugeot, suffered a serious head injury and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital. She sadly died of her injuries in hospital yesterday (20 May).

The driver of the tanker, a 58-year-old man from Ellesmere Port, was not injured.

The motorway was closed for four hours while accident investigators attended the scene. 

We are now working extremely hard to piece together what occurred and would like to speak to anybody who witnessed the collision and has not yet been spoken to by police.

Sgt Tracy Ward, of Lancashire’ Road Policing Unit, said: “This is extremely sad news and our thoughts are with both the man and woman’s family and friends at this incredibly distressing time. 

“We are continuing to work hard to establish the circumstances surrounding the collision and we would urge anybody who saw all or part of the incident to get in touch as soon as possible.” Anybody with information is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log number 1448 of May 15th.

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