Woman killed in motorway collision

Motorway traffic
Motorway traffic

A young woman was killed in a fatal collision with a HGV on a motorway.

Police were called to junction five of the M61 at around 3.30am on Monday following reports of an incident involving a lorry and a pedestrian.

A 24-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene near Westhoughton.

Police believed she was travelling in a Ford Fiesta when she was involved in a minor collision with the central reservation which meant she could not start the car again.

She then got out to check the damage and was then involved in the collision with a HGV.

Motorists are being warned to avoid the area, which is a busy route for commuters travelling from Wigan into Manchester, as officers are still at the scene and there are likely to be delays for some time.

PC Paul Hailwood from the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) serious collision investigation unit said: “I would like to extend my most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of this young woman.

“We currently have specially trained officers working to provide them with any support they need at this tragic time.

“We are appealing for anybody with information to please come forward and contact police.”

Anybody with information should contact the GMP serious collision investigation unit on 0161 856 4742.