Police appeal for witnesses after traffic officer is struck by van

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a Highways Traffic officer was struck by a van which failed to stop.

The collision happened at 7.35pm on Friday (June 22) on the northbound carriageway of the M6 at Bamber Bridge, just prior to the junction 29 exit slip road at Cuerden.

A small white van struck a Highways Traffic officer who was carrying out a temporary closure of the M6 while a work crew were filling a hole in the carriageway.

The vehicle had driven along the hard shoulder and initially stopped at the road block before striking the officer and then continuing its journey without stopping, exiting at junction 29.

The officer was taken by ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital suffering with a neck injury and bruising and was later released.

PC Stuart Rawsthorne, who is leading the investigation, said: “This incident occurred on a busy motorway and is highly likely to have been witnessed by passing motorists.

“We would urge anyone who knows the whereabouts of this van and its driver or who saw the collision to contact us as soon as possible.

“The traffic officer, who was simply carrying out his duties, luckily escaped serious injury in the incident.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision or who has any information about the driver should contact PC Stuart Rawsthorne by calling Lancashire Constabulary on 101.

Alternatively, people with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced and you will not go to court.