UPDATE: Woman pedestrian, 18, killed on M65 near Burnley

UPDATE: Woman pedestrian, 18, killed on M65 near Burnley

Eastbound traffic queueing at Junction 8 this morning.

Queues at junction 7

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All lanes of the M65 have now been reopened following the death of a woman in the early hours of this morning.

The 18-year-old is believed to have been walking across the motorway when the incident took place.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident at junction 10 on the eastbound carriageway, where the woman was in collision with a white sprinter van at around 4am.

The eastbound carriageway was closed to allow accident investigation to carry out their work.

The closure caused tailbacks of around three miles towards Accrington.

The woman has been identified and her family have been informed.

The driver of the van, a 48-year-old man from Burnley was treated at the scene for shock.

Anyone with information is asked to call the road policing unit on 101.

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9:10am Wed 10 Apr 13

useyourhead says...

Poor girl, deepest sympathy to her loved ones and also my thoughts are with the driver, no-one expects pedestrians on a motorway.
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R.I.P young lady.
Poor girl, deepest sympathy to her loved ones and also my thoughts are with the driver, no-one expects pedestrians on a motorway. - R.I.P young lady. useyourhead
  • Score: 10

9:17am Wed 10 Apr 13

HarryBosch says...

RIP young lady. A very tragic incident. What are the odds of a person being struck by a vehicle on a motorway at four in the morning when there is very little traffic on the road. One can't imagine what could have brought about this tragic incident. Spare a thought too for the unfortunate driver. My thoughts go out to the family and friends of the young lady concerned.
RIP young lady. A very tragic incident. What are the odds of a person being struck by a vehicle on a motorway at four in the morning when there is very little traffic on the road. One can't imagine what could have brought about this tragic incident. Spare a thought too for the unfortunate driver. My thoughts go out to the family and friends of the young lady concerned. HarryBosch
  • Score: 11

11:10am Wed 10 Apr 13

mys says...

Poor poor girl,what was she doing at that time crossing a motorway, and the driver of the van I hope he's ok too x
Poor poor girl,what was she doing at that time crossing a motorway, and the driver of the van I hope he's ok too x mys
  • Score: 3

12:16pm Wed 10 Apr 13

Whydidtheybanme? says...

Firstly R.I.P. - Very sad and sincere condolances to the family.

I appreciate the need for investigation, but is there really any need to close the Motorway for so long?
Firstly R.I.P. - Very sad and sincere condolances to the family. I appreciate the need for investigation, but is there really any need to close the Motorway for so long? Whydidtheybanme?
  • Score: -12

4:47pm Wed 10 Apr 13

dean555 says...

As a HGV driver who works nights, you would be surprised how many people walk on the motorway! They think because it's night time they can use it as a short cut! My thoughts go out to her family, but especially the van driver who will have that image of her for the rest of his life!
As a HGV driver who works nights, you would be surprised how many people walk on the motorway! They think because it's night time they can use it as a short cut! My thoughts go out to her family, but especially the van driver who will have that image of her for the rest of his life! dean555
  • Score: 21

9:07pm Wed 10 Apr 13

steve18gls says...

Whydidtheybanme? wrote:
Firstly R.I.P. - Very sad and sincere condolances to the family.

I appreciate the need for investigation, but is there really any need to close the Motorway for so long?
idiot !
[quote][p][bold]Whydidtheybanme?[/bold] wrote: Firstly R.I.P. - Very sad and sincere condolances to the family. I appreciate the need for investigation, but is there really any need to close the Motorway for so long?[/p][/quote]idiot ! steve18gls
  • Score: -3

9:09pm Wed 10 Apr 13

katypri says...

very sad, on monday morning 1.30 am my husband a wagon driver set off for London just further past this point he said a young female with a dog was on the hard shoulder. he is 62 but dare not stop although concerned as you never know what people may think, this morning on returning he heard the motorway was closed and did a detoured this is 2 days later, but why are young people on a motorway at nights the lights are off at this section, the family must be distraught as the driver will be, R.I.P young lady, and girl with dog please take this as a warning please
very sad, on monday morning 1.30 am my husband a wagon driver set off for London just further past this point he said a young female with a dog was on the hard shoulder. he is 62 but dare not stop although concerned as you never know what people may think, this morning on returning he heard the motorway was closed and did a detoured this is 2 days later, but why are young people on a motorway at nights the lights are off at this section, the family must be distraught as the driver will be, R.I.P young lady, and girl with dog please take this as a warning please katypri
  • Score: 1

9:37pm Wed 10 Apr 13

rudis_dad says...

katypri wrote:
very sad, on monday morning 1.30 am my husband a wagon driver set off for London just further past this point he said a young female with a dog was on the hard shoulder. he is 62 but dare not stop although concerned as you never know what people may think, this morning on returning he heard the motorway was closed and did a detoured this is 2 days later, but why are young people on a motorway at nights the lights are off at this section, the family must be distraught as the driver will be, R.I.P young lady, and girl with dog please take this as a warning please
Did your husband report the pedestrian he saw to the police?? If not, why not?
[quote][p][bold]katypri[/bold] wrote: very sad, on monday morning 1.30 am my husband a wagon driver set off for London just further past this point he said a young female with a dog was on the hard shoulder. he is 62 but dare not stop although concerned as you never know what people may think, this morning on returning he heard the motorway was closed and did a detoured this is 2 days later, but why are young people on a motorway at nights the lights are off at this section, the family must be distraught as the driver will be, R.I.P young lady, and girl with dog please take this as a warning please[/p][/quote]Did your husband report the pedestrian he saw to the police?? If not, why not? rudis_dad
  • Score: -6

10:33pm Wed 10 Apr 13

Sham says...

I was stuck on motorway this morning and heard on the news the tragic death of a young girl walking on motorway. Couple of hours delay meant nothing when a life was taken away forever. My thought are with the family of young girl and the driver.
I was stuck on motorway this morning and heard on the news the tragic death of a young girl walking on motorway. Couple of hours delay meant nothing when a life was taken away forever. My thought are with the family of young girl and the driver. Sham
  • Score: 5

12:10am Thu 11 Apr 13

earwego says...

jibbsarefynny wrote:
well she wont do it again
Glad that most people have sympathy rather than your heart of stone.
[quote][p][bold]jibbsarefynny[/bold] wrote: well she wont do it again[/p][/quote]Glad that most people have sympathy rather than your heart of stone. earwego
  • Score: 5

12:25pm Thu 11 Apr 13

Whydidtheybanme? says...

steve18gls wrote:
Whydidtheybanme? wrote:
Firstly R.I.P. - Very sad and sincere condolances to the family.

I appreciate the need for investigation, but is there really any need to close the Motorway for so long?
idiot !
Am I still an idiot now the story has been updated?

This is still all very sad btw
[quote][p][bold]steve18gls[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Whydidtheybanme?[/bold] wrote: Firstly R.I.P. - Very sad and sincere condolances to the family. I appreciate the need for investigation, but is there really any need to close the Motorway for so long?[/p][/quote]idiot ![/p][/quote]Am I still an idiot now the story has been updated? This is still all very sad btw Whydidtheybanme?
  • Score: -3

8:28pm Tue 16 Apr 13

pollybren says...

it was her decision to do this, she wanted to end her life. maybe she hid it well from her family how she felt, maybe they could of helped but she didnt let them!!! she made all the decisions that night which this driver now has to live with, his life was turned upside down that very second, left his job so he can be sure of it not happening to him again. he has a teenage daughter who he lives for, but shes not there all the time as she lives with mum.so every second she isnt with him shes worrying, i know, i see her face...i just want anyone to remember that to solve ur own problems this way causes a lot of heartache for others.. an ruins lives, this happened to this van driver and all because he didnt have a choice... lena i am sorry and hope ur problems are solved now RIP hun thoughts with ur family
it was her decision to do this, she wanted to end her life. maybe she hid it well from her family how she felt, maybe they could of helped but she didnt let them!!! she made all the decisions that night which this driver now has to live with, his life was turned upside down that very second, left his job so he can be sure of it not happening to him again. he has a teenage daughter who he lives for, but shes not there all the time as she lives with mum.so every second she isnt with him shes worrying, i know, i see her face...i just want anyone to remember that to solve ur own problems this way causes a lot of heartache for others.. an ruins lives, this happened to this van driver and all because he didnt have a choice... lena i am sorry and hope ur problems are solved now RIP hun thoughts with ur family pollybren
  • Score: 0

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