Piece of metal 'kills driver' on M6 near Preston
A man killed in a crash on the M6 is thought to have been struck by a piece of metal which smashed through his windscreen, Lancashire police said.
The 41-year-old was driving on the northbound carriageway just before junction 31 at Preston when the crash happened at about 11:00 BST.
Police said it appeared the metal hit his car and caused fatal injuries. Drivers have been asked to check loads.
The M6 northbound was closed to allow accident investigators on the scene.
It has since reopened.
The man, driving a Vauxhall Vectra, was taken to hospital by ambulance but died just after arrival.
Sgt Dave Hogarth, from the Road Policing Unit, said: "This appears to be an incredibly tragic incident where in the most unusual of circumstances, a man has sadly lost his life.
"I would appeal to anyone who was on the motorway this morning and who witnessed what happened to come forward and contact the police.
"I also want motorists to check their vehicles and loads to see if they are missing anything."
He added: "It is important that we carry out a thorough investigation so we can establish exactly what has happened.
"Clearly this is an incredibly difficult time for the family of the man and we have specially trained family liaison officers supporting them."