Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision on the M6.

The incident happened at around 11:00am yesterday (24th October) on the northbound carriage way just before the exit at junction 31 at Preston.

A 41 year old man was driving his silver Vauxhall Vectra when it appears that a piece of metal has smashed his windscreen and struck the man causing fatal injuries.

An ambulance was called and took the man to hospital but sadly he died shortly after arrival. The M6 northbound carriageway has been completely closed to allow accident investigators to carryout a full examination of the scene.

Sergeant Dave Hogarth from the Road Policing Unit said, “This appears to be an incredibly tragic incident where in the most unusual of circumstances, a man has sadly lost his life.

“I would appeal to anyone who was on the motorway this morning and who witnessed what happened to come forward and contact the police. I also want motorists to check their vehicles and loads to see if they have anything missing .

“It is important that we carryout a thorough investigation so we can establish exactly what has happened. Clearly this is an incredibly difficult time for the family of the man and we have specially trained family liaison officers supporting them.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Lancashire police on 101.

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

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