Pedestrian dies after being hit by HGV tanker on M56

A pedestrian has died after being struck by a HGV tanker on the M56. Police were called a section of the motorway, between junction 14, for Helsby, and junction 12, for Runcorn, at around 5.30am on Monday morning (May 18). The tanker was travelling in the direction of Runcorn when it struck the pedestrian.

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Emergency services pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene.

No further details regarding the identity of the pedestrian have been released by Cheshire Police. The driver of the HGV was uninjured and they spoke with police officers at the scene.

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A section of the M56 was closed eastbound this morning while investigation work took place. The motorway has since re-opened, but there are still reports of congestion in the area.

Cheshire Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with further information to get in touch.

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Get the latest updates from across Greater Manchester direct to your inbox with the free MEN newsletter You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here. A statement from the force said: "At around 5.30am on Monday 18 May police were called to reports of a collision on the M56 in Cheshire, between junctions 12 and 14.

"On arrival it was found that a HGV tanker, travelling in the direction of Runcorn, had been involved in a collision with a pedestrian. "The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. "The driver of the HGV was uninjured and liaised with officers at the scene.

"As a result of the collision the M56 is currently closed eastbound while investigation work takes places at the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone with any information which may aid the investigation, is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML-707448.

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