Lancashire police say that the 81-year-old driver of a van involved in a collision with a lamppost on Leyland Way, Leyland, ‘passed away at the wheel’.
It is believed the man - who has not been named - passed away at the wheel whilst driving before his van crossed into the opposite lane and collided with the lamppost.
Fire fighters were called to reports that someone was trapped after a collision involving a VW van and a lamppost on Leyland Way just before 5pm today.
Police closed the road on both sides near the Best Western Hotel in Leyland and also closed the Junction 28 exit slip road on the M6 motorway.
A police spokesman said: “We believe the driver has died of a medical incident at the wheel.
“We believe he passed away at the wheel and the van came to the stop hitting the lamppost.
“He was taken to Chorley Hospital.”
The incident caused tailbacks on the M6 to junction 30 and traffic jams around the area aand Leyland Way and the Junction 28 slip road re-opened two hours after the incident.
And the police appealed for anyone who witnessed the accident to get in touch.
The spokesman said: “We urge anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information to get in touch by calling: 101 and quoting log number 1022 of November 11.”