Person who died after being hit by HGV tanker on M56 was 50-year-old man

The person who died after being hit by a HGV tanker on the M56 was a 50-year-old man, police have said. Officers confirmed he was from Ellesmere Port. The man’s next of kin has been informed is being supported by specialist officers.

Emergency services were called to the smash – between junction 14, for Helsby, and junction 12, for Runcorn – at around 5.30am on Monday (May 18). The tanker was travelling towards Runcorn the incident happened. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police sealed off a stretch of the motorway for several hours.

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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. The driver of the HGV did not suffer any injuries and spoke with officers at the scene.

Cheshire Police are appealing for anyone with further information or any witnesses to come forward. A statement said: “Officers are appealing for information from the public after a pedestrian died following a collision on the M56 near Hapsford.

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“At around 5.30am on Monday, May 18, police were called to reports of a collision between junctions 12 and 14 of the M56. “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, a 50-year-old man from Ellesmere Port, was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and they are being supported by specialist officers. “The driver of the HGV was uninjured and liaised with officers at the scene.

“Enquiries are ongoing and officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone with any dashcam footage which may aid their investigation.”

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

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