A man has died in a crash on the M56 after his car collided with a Highways Maintenance lorry on the hard shoulder.

Police are now appealing for information after the crash at around 9.45pm yesterday.

It happened close to Junction 3 going Eastbound on the M56, near Manchester.

A 26-year old man who was driving a blue Renault Clio was pronounced dead after colliding with a Highways Maintenance lorry which was stationary on the hard shoulder.

A 57-year-old man and 35-year-old man were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Both men have since been discharged.

Two other men were taken to hospital with minor injuries

No arrests have been made and enquiries remain ongoing.

Detective Constable Emma Kennedy, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This is a devastating incident and our thoughts remain with the man’s family at this very difficult time.

“Our officers are working hard to find out exactly what happened in the lead up to this collision and we are appealing for anyone who may have information to come forward and speak to us.

“This is a busy motorway and we believe that there are a number of witnesses who may have dash cam footage or information that can assist us with our enquiries.”

Anyone with information should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 2801 of 24/10/2020.

Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.