M55 death crash - man named

The scene on the M55 at Broughton
The scene on the M55 at Broughton
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A MAN who died after being hit by a lorry as he attempted to fix his car on the hard shoulder of the M55 has been named.

Anthony Victor Crossthwaite, 66, from Fulwood, near Preston, was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital following the incident on the hard shoulder at 12.18pm yesterday.

He died shortly afterwards.

The collision happened on the westbound carriageway close to the Broughton turn-off at junction one of the motorway.

He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital by Air Ambulance after police believe he was struck by an HGV while attending to his broken down VW Bora on the hard shoulder.

Traffic travelling towards Blackpool came to a standstill and nine police vehicles attended the scene.

Senior Investigating Officer, Sgt Finn Quainton from the Road Policing Unit said, “I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward and contact police.

“I am also keen to trace the driver of a green vehicle that I believe may have left the hard shoulder just as the HGV had pulled onto it.

“I believe that person may have information that could assist the investigation. We have specially trained family liaison officers with the family and supporting them through this difficult time.”

Westbound traffic was restricted to one lane throughout the day as police investigated the incident until the motorway was fully re-opened at 5.30pm.

HGV driver Andrew Smith, 48, from North Shore, was driving past the scene just minutes after the fatal incident.

He told The Gazette: “I was coming on the M55 heading away from Blackpool and just before I got to Preston there was a green lorry surrounded by nine police cars.

“It didn’t look like it had crashed so I knew it was something other than a vehicle crash.

“There were cars all over the place and the lanes were closed off and I could tell it was a very serious incident.

“I knew that it wasn’t just a run of the mill accident because of all the police and highways agency cars there.

“I do 100,000 miles a year on the roads and after 30 years of driving you could tell it wasn’t normal.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Lancashire Police on 101.