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Fire crews are attending the scene of a lorry fire at Main Street in Lisnaskea.
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Fire crews are attending the scene of a lorry fire at Main Street in Lisnaskea. Motorists should avoid the area. Traffic diversions are in place.
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Local man Owen Mooney captured video of the blaze and tweeted: “Lorry exploded and on fire in Lisnaskea right outside my house!
Please do not travel towards town!”.
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A young police worker may have fallen asleep at the wheel when she crashed on an dark stretch of motorway before being hit by a lorry, an inquest heard. Samantha Derbyshire, 23, died at 3.30am on the M61 motorway near Bolton, Greater Manchester, after finishing a late shift shortly after being taken on in her “dream job”. An inquest at Bolton Coroner’s Court heard she was exhausted as she drove home following a shift as a call handler for Greater Manchester Police.
She had worked for more than a year as a special constable in her home town of Bolton and just passed tests to become a police officer.
The hearing was told Samantha had been involved in a minor crash between Farnworth and Westhoughton on July 4, when her Ford Fiesta collided with the central reservation.
Samantha Derbyshire had just started her “dream job” with Greater Manchester Police (Photo: MEN)
She couldn’t move the car and as she inspected the damage was hit by a HGV. Witnesses reported seeing her swerve from the inside lane across three lanes of traffic before crashing into the central reservation and coming to a stop in the inside lane. She fled to the hard shoulder, telling a witness she had ‘nodded off’ at the wheel.
But she was hit by a passing HGV, driven by Nigel Wells, as she inspected the damage. The inquest heard she had just finished a 6pm to 3am shift and had previously raised concerns over the motorway being dangerous due to streetlights not being turned on. It was told Mr Wells could not have avoided the crash.
Hundreds attended the popular police worker’s funeral (Photo: MEN)
Coroner Alan Walsh is now writing to the ‘relevant authorities’ to raise concerns over the lack of lighting after a police witness said it played a “major part” in the tragedy.
Delivering a verdict that Samantha died as a result of a road accident coroner Mr Walsh paid tribute to her being “full of public and community spirit.” He said: “I cannot think of a person more dedicated to their career to serve as a police officer.
“I am satisfied that the collision was unavoidable and from the evidence given by the police, Mr Wells did a good job to avoid a much greater collision. “I am concerned enough to report this to the relevant authorities.
If something good can come of this tragedy it is that some action can be taken in relation to that road so that future fatalities and incidents can be reduced.” Addressing Samantha’s father, Robert, Mr Walsh added: “You should be very proud of your daughter. She was on the threshold of her career and it is important to remember her achievements.
Greater Manchester Police have the lost the opportunity to have an excellent officer.” Following the hearing, Samantha’s family released a tribute to “our beautiful daughter.”
Her coffin was carried from the church by fellow officers (Photo: MEN)
It said: “We would like to thank everyone who helped Sam that morning including the emergency services. Thank you all.
“Sam’s short life was packed with love, humour, friendship and aspiration. Sam touched the lives of many people, especially her family and friends and we miss her every day.” GMP’s Chief Constable Ian Hopkins added: “Not only was Samantha a serving member of police staff but she dedicated her own time to helping others as a Special Constable in Bolton.
“She had also recently been successful in her application to become a police officer and this morning’s tragic incident means she will sadly not get the chance to fulfil her dream.
“To be taken from her family and friends at such a young age is terrible and a great loss to the force.
She will be greatly missed.”