Police struggle to identify dead A6 pedestrian

SCENE: The A6 near the Bellflower pub at Nateby

SCENE: The A6 near the Bellflower pub at Nateby

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Police trying to identify the victim of a fatal collision near Garstang have extended their inquiries to Eastern Europe.

The male pedestrian, who was struck by a van around 4am yesterday on the main A6 at Nateby, is thought to have been a Romanian national.

But officers were unable to name the victim last night until they could get formal identification from the man’s family.

“We are not absolutely sure who he is yet,” said a Lancashire Police spokesperson.

“There is some suggestion he could be a Romanian national. But until we have contacted the next of kin and had that confirmed, we aren’t able to issue any further details.”

The man is believed to have been walking in the road near to the Bellflower pub when he collided with a van. The driver of the vehicle was unhurt.

A fire crew was summoned to the scene after initial reports that the man was trapped under the vehicle. But when they arrived they were not needed.

It is understood the casualty was pronounced dead by paramedics. A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service confirmed: “Only one vehicle was involved and no patient was taken to hospital.”

Police closed the road for almost five hours while specialist accident investigators examined the scene.

Witnesses reported seeing a man walking in the carriageway prior to the collision. It is also thought he may have been living in the south of England until recently, although efforts are continuing to establish his last known address.