Woman dies in horror crash at motorway service station.
A WOMAN was killed in an accident on the M6 near a service station during morning rush hour.
At before 8 a.m., a Toyota C-HR exiting the southbound carriageway at Richard Carnock Services in Lancashire collided with a metal fence. The driver, a lady in her 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Between junction 28 for Leyland, Lancashire, and junction 27 for Standish, Lancashire, the southbound carriageway was highly congested.
Traffic was backed up past Junction 29, which connects Preston and Bamber Bridge via the M65.
The incident occurred near Richard Charnock Services, which is close junction 27, and emergency services were on the scene.
The shunt caused the southbound section of the service to be closed, according to Lancs Live.
Although the road was open in both directions, traffic was heavy throughout the day.
“This was a terrible incident where a woman lost her life, and my sympathies are with her family and friends at this time,” said Sgt Phil Baxendale of Lancashire Police Tactical Operations.
“I’d like to hear from anyone who witnessed this vehicle or has dashcam footage of it, either on the highway prior to the crash or during the collision itself.”
Onlookers slowed traffic on the northbound side as well. Backlogs had reached junction 26 in Wigan, Greater Manchester.
To get to Standish, southbound traffic could exit at junction 28 and travel south on the A49 past Euxton and Bolton Green, near Chorley. Then, on the A5209, drivers went west to Junction 28.
While the northbound road was less congested, cars exited at junction 28 and used the A49 through Bolton Green and Euxton.
Southbound drivers who wanted to utilize the Richard Charnock services had to drive another 35 miles or so to the Knutsford Services in Cheshire, which was at junction 19.