Police can confirm that two drivers who died in the collision that occurred yesterday morning on the M6 have been formally identified.
The driver of the SPAR lorry has been formally identified as Alan Walmsley, 62, of Mardale Road, Longridge, Preston.
The driver of the blue flat lorry has been formally identified as Michael Raymond Proctor, 22, of Salisbury Street, Southport.
The collision occurred around 8.15am yesterday morning, Monday 25 February, on the M6 northbound carriageway just after Burton services between J35 – J36. The collision involved eight vehicles and, tragically, Mr Proctor and Mr Walmsley died at the scene.
All vehicles involved in the collision were travelling north on the motorway in lane one. The exact circumstances that led to the collision are subject to a full and thorough police investigation however police believe that it was a large shunt that occurred while some of the vehicles were stationary in traffic.
- The driver of the yellow heavy goods vehicle, a 26-year-old man from Preston area, suffered no injuries.
- A woman from Lancaster, aged 42, who was driving a dark coloured Peugeot 307 which became trapped between the yellow HGV and red Volvo HGV suffered slight, whiplash injuries. She remains in Preston Royal Hospital this morning.
- The driver of the red Volvo heavy goods vehicle, a 57-year-old man from the Chorley area, suffered no injuries.
- The driver of the Mercedes flatbed heavy goods vehicle, a 29-year-old man from the Lancaster area. He was uninjured.
- A silver Renault traffic van driven by a 62-year-old man from the Swinton area who was not injured.
- A silver Volkswagen golf which suffered damage from the debris of the collision. The driver, a man from Wigan, was uninjured.
A team of around 30 police officers were deployed and at times there were 20-25 emergency service vehicles on scene. The M6 northbound carriageway was closed from Junction 35-36 from 8.15am until 6.40pm while casualties were taken to hospital, the scene was cleared and the road was made safe.
The families of Mr Walmsley and Mr Proctor are being supported by specially trained Family Liaison Officers.
A police investigation is underway by officers from Cumbria Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit. If you have information that can help officers, please contact PC Andy Docker by calling 101.