Driver arrested after Lancashire woman dies in M6 crash

A woman from Lancashire was killed in a crash on the M6 at the weekend.

By Matthew Calderbank
Tuesday, 2nd November 2021, 5:07 pm

The woman, aged 71, from Burscough, was pronounced dead at the scene in Cheshire at around 12.30am on Saturday (October 30).

Police say the fatal crash involved two cars and a lorry on the northbound M6 between junctions 17 for Sandbach and 18 for Holmes Chapel.

She had been a passenger in a Ford Kia when it was involved in a crash with a Mercedes and a HGV.

The woman, aged 71, from Burscough, was pronounced dead at the scene in Cheshire at around 12.30am on Saturday (October 30). Police say the fatal crash involved two cars and a lorry on the northbound M6 between junctions 17 for Sandbach and 18 for Holmes Chapel

The woman has not been named by police at this stage, but her family in Burscough are being supported by specialist officers.

The driver of the Kia, a 49-year-old woman from Lancashire, was also taken to hospital with serious injuries. Her current condition is not known.

The occupants of the Mercedes and lorry were not injured.

Cheshire Police say a 41-year-old man from Stockport has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was also held on suspicion of causing injury by dangerous driving and driving under the influence of drugs before being released "under investigation".

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: "At 12.30am on Saturday, October 30, police were called to a collision on the M6 northbound carriageway between junction 17 to junction 18.

"The collision involved three vehicles - a Mercedes, a Kia and a HGV. A passenger in the Kia died at the scene.

"The family of the 71-year-old woman, from Burscough, has been informed and is being provided support by specialist officers.

"A 49-year-old woman from Lancashire sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

"A 41-year-old man from Stockport was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing injury by dangerous driving and drug driving. He has been released under investigation."