A LORRY driver from Merseyside is believed to have died in an eight-vehicle motorway pile up this morning.
More than 20 emergency service vehicles were sent to the scene on the M6 in Cumbria after the horrific crash at 8.15am.
Two drivers have been confirmed dead, including a man thought to be from the Southport area. Two other drivers have been taken to hospital.
The collision happened on the northbound carriageway of the M6, between Junction 35 (Carnforth) and Junction 36 (Kirkby Lonsdale).
Cumbria police confirmed the vehicles involved were:
- A ‘SPAR’ rigid heavy goods vehicle which was towing another trailer. This driver died at the scene
- A blue flat lorry driven by a man who died at the scene. He is believed to be from the Southport area
- A yellow heavy goods vehicle
- A dark coloured Peugeot 307 driven by a woman from Lancaster. The car was trapped between the yellow HGV and red Volvo HGV. She suffered serious injuries that are not believed to be life threatening at this time
- A red Volvo heavy goods vehicle
- A white Mercedes flatbed heavy goods vehicle
- A silver Renault traffic van driven by a man who has been taken to Preston Royal Infirmary by air ambulance
- A silver Volkswagen Golf which suffered damage from the debris of the collision
A spokesperson for Cumbria Police confirmed two people had died in the crash and said: “All casualties have now been taken to hospital via land or air ambulance however the northbound carriageway of the M6 remains closed while the scene is cleared. Traffic is starting to move slowly in lane three.
“Cumbria Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit and Collision Investigators are on scene and have launched an investigation.
Specially trained family liaison officers have been appointed and are ensuring that family members are supported and kept fully informed.”
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