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Man killed in M55 pile-up

police RTC5b[P]OLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision which occurred on the M55 this morning (Tuesday).

Officers were called at around 8.45am to junction three of the westbound carriageway to reports five vehicles – two HGVs, two vans and a car – had collided shortly before the exit slip road.

Sadly the driver of one of the vans, a 53-year-old man from Chorley, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody.

The westbound carriageway of the motorway was closed fully between junctions one and three for several hours while collision investigators attended the scene. One lane has since reopened. The eastbound carriageway was partially closed for a while, although has now fully reopened.

Police are now appealing for information about the collision.

Sgt Steve Wignall, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “Our thoughts first and foremost are with the family of the man who died. I can only offer them my deepest condolences.

“Although we have made one arrest we are now working hard to piece together exactly what occurred and are appealing for anybody with information to contact us as soon as possible.

“If you saw the collision itself, or saw any of the vehicles involved in the collision in the moments before it happened, please get in touch.”

Anybody with information is asked to contact Lancashire Police on 101, quoting log number 277 of May 2nd.