Lorry driver killed as vehicle falls on to M56

A lorry driver was killed when his vehicle fell off a bridge on to the M56 motorway in Cheshire.

The HGV, carrying household items, toppled on to the westbound carriageway at junction 11 at Preston Brook, near Warrington, at about 15:20 GMT.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident but two passing motorists were treated for shock.

The westbound carriageway of the motorway remains closed between junctions 10 and 11.

The A56 above the motorway, on which the lorry was travelling, has also been shut to traffic.

'Absolute miracle'

The Highways Agency said on its website it expected the roads to return to normal by 05:00 GMT on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the North West Air Ambulance said: "One male fatality has been confirmed - the lorry driver sadly died at the scene.

"The crew treated just two other people who suffered shock, which is an absolute miracle when you consider that the lorry fell directly on to the carriageway of the motorway."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police.

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