Man dies after motorway collision

North West Air Ambulance in action
North West Air Ambulance in action

A man has died after being involved in a collision on the M6 near Preston.

The 47-year-old van driver was airlifted to hospital following the incident which happened on the northbound carriageway of the motorway between junctions 29 and 30.

But police say the man, believed to be from Garstang, was pronounced dead at the Royal Preston Hospital despite attempts to resuscitate him.

The collision blocked the northbound carriageway for some time. Officers also stopped southbound traffic to allow the North West Air Ambulance to land on the road.

It is understood the Citroen Relay van swerved across the northbound carriageway, collided with the central barrier and then came to rest on the hard shoulder. There are no reports of any other vehicles being involved.

Police introduced a rolling road block and halted all traffic at junction 31 around 1.30pm. The motorway did not fully re-open for around three hours while investigations were carried out.

A police spokesman said: “Sadly a male has died as a result of this incident. Police officers and paramedics tried to resuscitate him and he was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital, but he died around 2.30pm.”