BREAKING NEWS: Arrest made after driver dies in m-way smash

A van driver was killed in a five-vehicle smash which blocked the westbound carriageway of the M55 for around eight hours today.

Police say the 53-year-old from Chorley was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision involving two lorries, two vans and a car near to junction 3, the Kirkham turn-off.

And officers say they have arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

An appeal for witnesses has been made following the crash which happened around 8.45 am.

Hundreds of drivers were trapped on the westbound carriageway for several hours between junction 1 at Broughton and the scene of the collision. The road was only re-opened at around 5 pm.

At one point workmen cut a gate in the central barrier to allow vehicles to cut through onto the eastbound lanes, where a rolling road block was in force to allow the traffic to exit.

A police statement at around 3.30pm said: “We were called at around 8.45 am to junction three of the westbound carriageway to reports five vehicles – two HGVs, two vans and a car – had collided shortly before the exit slip road.

“Sadly the driver of one of the vans, a 53-year-old man from Chorley, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“A 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody.

“The westbound carriageway of the motorway was closed fully between junctions one and three for several hours while collision investigators attended the scene.

“One lane has since reopened. The eastbound carriageway was partially closed for a while, although has now fully reopened.

“We are now appealing for information about the collision.

Sgt Steve Wignall, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “Our thoughts first and foremost are with the family of the man who died. I can only offer them my deepest condolences.

“Although we have made one arrest we are now working hard to piece together exactly what occurred and are appealing for anybody with information to contact us as soon as possible.

“If you saw the collision itself, or saw any of the vehicles involved in the collision in the moments before it happened, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 277 of May 2.

Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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M55 remains closed following five-vehicle collision

Police have issued an update following a five-vehicle collision on the M55 this morning.

Emergency services were called at around 8.45am to junction three of the westbound carriageway to reports five vehicles had collided shortly before the exit slip road.

Officers attended with the ambulance and fire services and the motorway was closed in both directions between junctions one and three.

The eastbound carriageway has now reopened although the westbound side is expected to remain closed for some time while police carry out a detailed investigation.

Two lorries are thought to be involved in the crash along with two cars and a van.

First Aid has been administered to two people at the scene with a third person cut from a car.

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Sgt Steve Wignall, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “This was a serious collision which occurred in busy morning traffic and we are very much in the early stages of piecing together what happened and what the level of injuries are.

“We would like to thank motorists for their patience while we continue our investigation. We will reopen the motorway fully as soon as we possibly can.”

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A woman has been taken to hospital after a collision near Preston’s university campus.

The 18-year-old woman, a pedestrian, was involved in a collision with a Volkswagen Golf in Moor Lane.

Preston Police closed the road at around 1.30pm on Monday (6 March) following the incident.

A police spokeswoman said the woman involved is thought to have suffered cuts and grazes and has been taken to Royal Preston Hospital to be checked over.

Moor Lane has since reopened.

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Woman taken to hospital after two-car smash in Preston

A woman was taken to hospital after a two-car smash in Preston this morning, say ambulance services.

The accident happened at around 9:45 am on Birch Avenue near Cottam Lane doctor’s surgery in Ashton-on-Ribble.

A white Ford and a red Mini were involved in the collision which saw the Mini mount the kerb.

The road was temporarily blocked by one of the cars involved in the accident, say police.

All cars have now been recovered and the road is clear.

The condition of the woman and the extent of her injuries are not known.

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Woman cut free from car

A woman had to be cut free from a vehicle following a collision between two cars in Salmesbury this afternoon (March 1).

Two appliances and crews from Preston attended the scene at around 12.38pm where hydraulic equipment was used to remove the roof of the car.

The woman was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

The incident occurred on Preston New Road in the vicinity of the Salmesbury Hotel.

Lancashire Road Police is reporting no serious injuries as a result of the incident.

There are no traffic delays as a result of the collision.

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Girl, 11, dies in three-vehicle crash on M61

A child has died following a horror crash involving three vehicles on the M61, say police. The incident happened at around 10.30pm on Monday 23 January half a mile before Junction 9.

A Renault Clio travelling southbound was involved in a collision with a VW Sharan travelling in the same direction. A Volvo HGV also travelling southbound then collided with both vehicles, say police.

A rear passenger in the VW Sharan, a girl aged 11 from the Greater Manchester area, suffered serious injuries which sadly proved fatal at the scene.

The driver of the Sharan, a man in his 40s from Greater Manchester, also suffered serious injuries and is currently in a critical condition in hospital. Three other passengers from the Sharan suffered less serious injuries.

Fire services from Preston, Bamber Bridge and Penwortham were called to the scene to assist in cutting free occupants from the car. The occupants of the other vehicles were unhurt.

A police investigation into the collision is on-going and specially trained officers are supporting the family.

The motorway was closed for over seven hours while recovery of the vehicles and investigations took place.

Sgt Dave Hurst, from the Road Policing Unit, said: “This was a horrendous collision in which a young girl has very sadly lost her life.

“I would appeal for any witnesses to contact us, especially anyone who may have any dashcam footage of the incident, or anyone driving in that area at around the time of the collision.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 1454 of January 23rd. The motorway reopened at around 6.30am.

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