Man, 34, dies after M6 hard shoulder collision

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A man has died following a serious collision on the M6 near Carnforth.

The 34-year-old had been driving a BMW northbound when it was involved in a collision with the central barrier near junction 35 on January 16.

The man, who was from Blackburn, got out of the vehicle and crossed the carriageway, standing behind a barrier on the hard shoulder.

However, a Skoda Octavia, also travelling northbound, was then involved in a collision with the man.

The motorist suffered a serious head injury, fractures to the upper body and internal injuries. He was taken by Air Ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital, but sadly died of his injuries on Sunday, January 27.

The driver of the Skoda, a 41-year-old man from Edinburgh, was not injured.

Eight other vehicles were also involved in collisions around the time of the incident on the northbound carriageway.

A second collision took place involving five vehicles on the southbound carriageway. No serious injuries were reported and the road re-opened a short time later.

The M6 was closed northbound for six hours while accident investigators attended the scene and vehicles were recovered.

Police are continuing to appeal for information following the incident, including dashboard mounted camera footage of the collisions.

Sgt Steve Hardman of Lancashire Police said: “These are very tragic circumstances and my thoughts, and those of my team, are with the gentleman’s family and friends at this incredibly distressing time.

“We continue to investigate and ask that anyone with information comes forward. We understand there were exceptional weather conditions during the time of the collisions and would ask anyone with dashcam footage to come forward.

“Furthermore, if you helped to move any of the vehicles involved to the hard shoulder before police arrived, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or email quoting log 0843 of January 16.