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M-way smash claims third victim

A THIRD person has died following an 'horrendous' mass collision on the M56.

A THIRD person has died following an 'horrendous' mass collision on the M56.

Three people lost their lives and another was left seriously injured after a lorry was in collision with a number of vehicles.

Cheshire police say the seven-and-a-half tonne Leyland DAF heavy goods vehicle left the eastbound carriageway between junction 11 at Preston Brook and junction 12 at Clifton, just outside Frodsham.

It crossed the central reservation into the westbound carriageway, straight into the path of on-coming traffic, before colliding with a blue Ivaco Ford HGV, a purple Ford Fiesta and a white van.

The accident happened at 11.15am last Thursday.

The driver of the DAF, Gerard Peter Wilds, 52, a married man from Manchester, died at the scene from multiple injuries.

The Ivaco HGV belonged to the Plumb Center in Saltney, Chester. It was being driven by a man in his late thirties from Connah's Quay, Deeside.

He was taken to Warrington General Hospital with 'serious' injuries where his condition is 'improving'.

Police say he was trapped by his legs before being released. He is believed to have a dislocated hip and broken ribs.

A Plumb Center spokesman said the driver, who is not being named, had been heading back to Chester from the Warrington area.

'Everyone was shocked when they discovered our driver was in the crash. We all wish him a speedy recovery,' the spokesman added.

The Ford Fiesta contained two female students.

Its passenger, Gemma Lee Carr, 21, from Oxted in Surrey, died at the scene from multiple injuries.

The driver, Joanne Alison Fielding, 19, from Alderley Edge, Cheshire, sustained serious injuries and was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital.

She had been trapped for an hour before being released by firefighters and spent the weekend in a critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Miss Fielding died of her injuries on Monday.

Meanwhile the driver of the van, a man in his late twenties from Mold, was not seriously injured.

Police spent most of last Thursday diverting traffic away from the crash scene.

As the collision was underneath the roundabout near junction 12, they diverted traffic from the exit to the entrance sliproads, taking it over the top of the crash site.

'Traffic was moving, although it was moving slowly,' said a police spokesman.

Witnesses to the crash should call Cheshire police on 01244 650000 or 01565 634100.


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