Dad relives horrific death crash on M55

A police chase along the M55 ended in a fatal crash at the junction with Yeadon Way.

A police chase along the M55 ended in a fatal crash at the junction with Yeadon Way.

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A dad today spoke of his horror after a driver was flung from his car as a police chase ended in death.

A Renault Captur ‘took off’ after it hurtled into the Helter Skelter roundabout at the end of the M55 near Blackpool.

It spun around – there was wreckage everywhere – and landed at the other side of the roundabout.

Andy Speariett

The driver, in his 50s, suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene on Wednesday night.

Lancashire Police has referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which has launched an investigation.

One eye-witness today described scenes of carnage as ‘like a scene from a TV show’.

Andy Speariett, 48, who owns the WSC car body repair shop in Ribbleton, was driving home with his wife and three children when he witnessed the crash.

He said: “I looked left and saw this car coming at speed. It just went bang, straight over the roundabout.

“The car took off and hit the steel structure at the top of the roundabout.

“It spun around – there was wreckage everywhere – and landed at the other side of the roundabout.”

It is understood the driver of the car failed to respond to a police request to stop, leading to a brief pursuit along the M55 westbound.

The Evening Post understands the car was spotted by police at around 9pm.

A chase ensued but ended minutes later. Paramedics were called at 9.07pm.

An IPCC spokesman said: “The IPCC has begun an independent investigation after a 54-year-old man died following a police pursuit in Blackpool on Wednesday evening.

“PCC investigators were deployed overnight following a referral from Lancashire Constabulary and an investigation is underway.”

The driver, from Accrington, has not been named. Police did not say what sparked the chase.

The motorway was closed for around 10 hours following the crash.

Nobody else was in the car at the time of the collision.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “This collision has cost someone their life and our thoughts are with his family at this time.

“We immediately referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

“This is standard practice following a death after police contact.”