Man dies in M65 crash

Mr Mark Burgess from Burnley who died in a crash on the M65 motorway (s)
Mr Mark Burgess from Burnley who died in a crash on the M65 motorway (s)

A man has died following a crash on the M65 motorway at the weekend.

The smash happened at 10-55pm on Saturday on the westbound carriageway when the driver of a Citroen Saxo, Mark Burgess (39) from Abbey Village, lost control near to junction 8 and collided with a barrier.

Mr Burgess was thrown from his car and four vehicles, two Ford Kas’, an MG ZR and an ambulance then collided with the car and debris.

Sadly Mr Burgess was taken to hospital but died of multiple injuries.

The drivers and passengers of the other vehicles sustained minor injuries and many were treated for shock.

Sgt Mick Young from the Road Policing Unit said: “This is a tragic incident in which a man has lost his life. An investigation is under way and I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this collision to contact Lancashire Police on 101.

“A police family liaison officer is supporting Mr Burgess’s family at this difficult time.”

Mark Burgess’s son and daughter Matthew and Hayley Burgess have paid tribute to their father. In a joint statement they said: “We may not have been as close as most families, but at the end of the day he was still our dad.

“Our dad loved socialising and liked spending time with his close friends, if he wasn’t driving lorries.

“He shouldn’t have gone the way he did, rest in peace.”

The M65 was closed for more than six hours to allow for an investigation to take place and remove debris from the road.