Cumbrian lorry driver who died on M6 named

POLICE have named a Cumbrian lorry driver who died after a crash on the M6. Despite initial reports from police in Staffordshire that the man was from Carlisle, they have confirmed that Johannes Jacobus Provence, from Silloth, died between junctions 12 and 13 near Cannock after suffering a medical episode at the wheel last week. The 49-year-old’s HGV came off the carriageway and was found on its side down an embankment at about 1pm on Monday, July 22.

In a brief statement, a spokesman from Staffordshire Police said his family has been informed and the matter is being overseen by the Coroner.

A spokesman for the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) added: “Following investigation, it has been determined that the driver of the HGV suffered a medical episode at the wheel.

“Thank you to all the witnesses who stopped and offered their assistance at the scene and to all the patient motorists who were affected by the closures and stuck in the tailbacks.”

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