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M55 lights call after tragedy

Emergency crews at Junction 3 of the M55

Emergency crews at Junction 3 of the M55

Motorists have today made urgent calls for a stretch of motorway to be lit after an 82-year-old woman was killed in an horrific crash.

Jean Watson, 82, was driving a Hyundai Getz on the M55 eastbound, near Junction 3 at Kirkham, when it collided with a Ford Focus and a Vauxhall Zafira at around 7.20pm on Thursday.

Ms Watson, from Horwich near Bolton, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital with serious injuries but died a short time later.

And drivers who regularly use the M55 have now taken to Facebook to call for lights to be put on the motorway in a bid to improve safety and prevent further incidents.

One poster, Kevin Robinson, said: “I used to travel the M55 at 5am six days a week and think the lighting would reduce the amount of accidents, as in dark sections of any motorway there are more accidents.

“When you are tired it becomes so hard to keep concentration, and also the beams of the headlights on the other side of the motorway are intensified causing night blindness – in my opinion all motorways should be fully lit.”

Another poster, Heather Robinson, added: “It is time someone got a petition up and running to get lights on the M55 and maybe, just maybe, there will be fewer accidents on there.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “The cause of the collision is unclear at this time and officers are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed what happened and has not yet spoken to the police to come forward.”

Sgt Mick Young from the Force Road Policing Unit added: “An investigation is under way into the circumstances of the collision and I would appeal to any witnesses to the collision to contact Lancashire Police on 101.”

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