Heartbroken family pay tribute to 'fun and friendly' man killed in M55 motorcycle crash

A family has paid tribute to a man who "wore his heart on his sleeve" after he was killed in a crash on the M55.

Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 5:21 pm

A man was killed after an Audi A4 crashed into the rear of his Suzuki motorbike on the M55 near Treales at around 9pm on Sunday (September 6).

The collision caused the man to fall off his bike and into oncoming traffic. He was then hit by a Ford Focus, causing catastrophic injuries.

He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

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Police have now revealed the victim of the collision was 32-year-old Andrew Wallbank from Blackburn.

In a tribute, Mr Wallbank's family said: "The family are truly heartbroken at the news and loss of Andrew.

"Andrew was a fun and friendly character who wore his heart on his sleeve. He was at his happiest when riding his motorbike with his twin brother or surrounded by his family and friends.

"Andrew will be greatly missed by many and leaves a huge hole in our family."

Andrew Wallbank (pictured) was killed after an Audi A4 crashed into the rear of his Suzuki motorbike on the M55. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

The driver and passenger of the Audi, a man aged 40 and a woman aged 29, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

They have since been released under investigation.

Sgt Andrew Hemingway, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Tac Ops, said: "This collision has very sadly resulted in a man losing his life and my thoughts are very much with his loved ones at this time. Our inquiries into this incident are on-going and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision itself or who has any information which could assist to come forward.

"If anyone saw the motorcycle prior to the collision or has any dashcam footage then I would especially like them to contact us.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was affected by the closure of the motorway for their understanding while we dealt with what was a very complex scene. I know this caused issues for many drivers but I’m sure people understand why it was necessary."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 1538 of September 6.

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