Police Call For Witnesses To Come Forward Following Fatal M61 Collision

At approximately 8pm on Saturday January 26th, police were called to the scene of a serious collision on the M61.  The collision occurred on the northbound section of motorway between junction 9 and the M6 at Bamber Bridge.

The incident was described on the Blackpool Police’s Facebook Page: “A Nissan Micra left the carriageway and collided with the central reservation before rebounding into the road where it was involved in a collision with a Fiat Ducato motorhome. A foreign registered Audi A4 subsequently collided with the rear of the Fiat. A Ford Fiesta then collided with the central barrier.

The driver of the Nissan was a 27 year old woman from Lancaster.  She suffered minor injuries.  The passenger of the Nissan was a 12 year old girl, also from Lancaster.  She sadly died of her injuries after arriving at Royal Preston Hospital.  No one else involved in the incident was injured.

The police are appealing for witnesses to this accident, especially in relation to the two occupants of the audi who fled the scene.  they are described by witnesses as being of eastern European descent and both male.  They are believed to be in their 30s and approximately 6 feet tall.  One of the men was bald with a navy coloured bomber style jacket whilst the other was wearing all black with a beanie style black hat and carrying a black holdall.

The police losed off the section of motorway for 5 hours so that they could complete investigation work following the collision.

Sergeant Marc Glass, of Lancashire Police, said: “An investigation is underway following a fatal collision on the M61.

“A young girl has died and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.

A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to support the girl’s family.

We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or has information about the occupants of the Audi and has not yet spoken with police to come forward”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1279 of January 26th. Information can be reported anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.