HGV driver ‘struck by his own vehicle’ in critical condition
A HGV driver has suffered ‘life-changing injuries’ after being ‘struck by his own vehicle’. The M62 was closed for several hours on Wednesday morning following reports of a ‘serious crash’ between J7 and J8. Merseyside Police officers were called at just before 1.50am following reports the driver of an HGV had been injured on the carriageway close to junction 7 at Rainhill.
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The driver is now in hospital with life changing injuries, and an investigation into the incident is underway. The M62 was initially closed in both directions to allow investigative work and the Westbound carriageway was reopened at around 5am. The Eastbound carriageway remained closed but fully reopened from around 10.15am.
Sergeant Steve Smith from the Matrix Roads Policing Unit said: “We are currently working to establish what has taken place in the lead up to this incident. I would ask anyone who was travelling along the M62 close to junction 7 in the early hours of this morning who saw the vehicle or witnessed anything to contact us. “We are also appealing for anyone with dash cam footage which could assist our investigation to get in touch.”
North West Ambulance Service confirmed both an advanced paramedic and ambulance crew responded to the incident. A spokesman said: “We responded to a road traffic collision involving a pedestrian following a call at 2am. “Crews attended the scene to treat a male patient for severe injuries before transporting him to hospital.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call the Matrix Roads Policing Unit on (0151) 777 5747, email SCIU@merseyside.police.uk or DM @MerPolCC on Twitter quoting reference 0052 of 24th November.
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