Part of the M6 is still closed this morning after a fatal crash in the night.
Lancashire Police said officers were called to Junction 28 Southbound at 1am after a serious incident between a car and a lorry.
It happened between J28 on Leyland Way and J27 Crow Orchard Road in Standish.
Drivers coming into Manchester this morning have been warned to expect delays of up to 30 minutes and queues back to J29 in Lostock Hall.
Writing on Twitter, Transport for Greater Manchester said: “Additional delays along the M61 towards Manchester and the M60 this morning due to traffic diverting from the S/B closure of the M6 at J28 Leyland after a fatal incident overnight.”
Highways England said the road could be closed until 2pm and police officers are still at the scene investigating what happened.
An inquest into his death at Manchester Coroners’ Court heard how Mr MacBeath had taken a lot of ‘amphetamines’ to keep up with his younger colleagues.
But on July 25, 2019, he was taken to hospital after he had a cardiac arrest at home. He died that afternoon at the North Manchester General Hospital.
At an inquest into his death, his daughter, Sophie Burkhill, said: “He struggled with work but he enjoyed it. The [others working at the funfair] are young, fit, able to move things, be quick on their feet.
“It was not intentional he had taken [the medication] just to keep up with them. It was a hard job, he was working in the blazing sun.”
The 26-year-old said her father had struggled with his mental health and was anxious about an upcoming court date but could ‘see the light at the end of the tunnel’ and had been ‘back to his normal self’.
He had also suffered serious mental health episodes and had a painful tooth extraction the week before his death, coroner Zak Golombeck told the court. A post-mortem examination later revealed he had taken a toxic mix of amphetamine and died from ‘major aspiration of food material’.
The coroner retired to look at all the evidence before giving a conclusion of misadventure.
He said: “He was feeling positive with his family, work and life.
“He was working on fairgrounds, he was working extremely hard.
“Taking into account the specific circumstances where he was working in extreme conditions – the weather, but also his mental and physical health. He took these amphetamines to keep up with those around him and his own mind with the hope he could do the job he was passionate about.”
Sophie recalled the week before his death when he visited unannounced and surprised her by hiding behind the door, ‘scaring the life out of her’.
He then sat on the stairs with his two granddaughters, cheekily eating a whole pack of Jaffa Cakes with them before dinner.
Paying tribute to ‘Grandad Chicken’, she said: “He was kind, he would do anything for anyone and you could ring him up at two in the morning and he would jump in his car and get there.
“He loved everybody. He would do anything. He was definitely a family man.”
His partner, Tammy Thompson, pictured, told the Manchester Evening News that Nick was a ‘very loved’ dad to 11 and grandad to 10 children.
She described planning a future with him after long days at work, sitting on the sofa, cuddling, and talking about retirement together.
She said: “He loved nothing but to be at the centre of family, he was larger than life with an even bigger heart and also loved his motorbike and days out with his ‘biker family’.
“He loved being at the coast, we were always going to retire there.
“His hobbies would always seem busy – from making me a coffee table to trying to rebuild a giant plane for our youngest two boys that he used when he was young. He had so many handy ideas – he was rebuilding bikes towards the end, he would be around his eldest sons house doing some woodwork projects, and he used to tinker in his parents’ garage and help with bits for his eldest daughter too.
“Work-wise his heart was always with the fairground. He loved the buzz of the build-up and working the Waltzer when he was younger.
“His family, his parents were his pride and joy – our family life was chaos but now it feels so empty especially after a long, hard, busy day when we would love to just curl up and watch random films planning our lives.”
AN overturned lorry resulted in the slip road joining the M62 at Burtonwood being closed this morning causing heavy traffic at J8 A5281 Burtonwood Road (Warrington West / Burtonwood).
Emergency services and Highways England traffic officers attended at the scene.
The road closure resulted in traffic congestion around the Warrington area during the morning rush hour. Meanwhile, there was also a lane closure on the M62 Eastbound Junction 11 for Warrington East and Birchwood this morning due to a broken down vehicle.
A woman who witnessed the pair while walking her dog wrote on Facebook : “Just when you think you’ve seen it all! Just walking the dog in Sunny Brow Park only to see a couple completely naked having sex! Only in Gorton!”
She later told the M.E.N: “There were a group of women there who also witnessed it, when I spoke to them they said I had missed the bit where he had her bent over!”
It is understood the incident carried on for several hours.
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At around 2pm, witnesses claimed they saw the couple continuing to have sex in an even more public area of the park near the children’s playground.
Married Mr Kocurek, of Berkley Court, Bury Old Road, Salford, was critically ill in Salford Royal Hospital until June 4 when he died.
Assistant coroner for Manchester North, Julie Robertson, adjourned the hearing until January 18 next year but said the the evidence would be reviewed on October 11.
That evidence would include an overview from Mr Kocurek’s GP, mental health services and a post mortem examination report, she said.
Following the announcement of Mr Kocurek’s death, police appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward.
Sergeant Andrew Page, from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Despite the best efforts from hospital staff to save his life, Jan sadly passed away and our thoughts are with his family who are understandably devastated.
“We’ve been carrying out a number of enquiries since this collision happened and we’re continuing to ask any witnesses to come forward with information that may assist us with our investigation.
“Anyone who may have seen the collision, has dash-cam footage or perhaps saw the man prior to the collision is asked to call 0161 856 4741.
“Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Helplines and websites
Samaritans (116 123)samaritans.org operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected] , write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA and visit www.samaritans.org/branches to find your nearest branch.
CALM (0800 58 58 58) thecalmzone.net has a helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. They’re open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.
Greater Manchester Bereavement Service Greater Manchester Bereavement Service can help to find support for anyone in Greater Manchester that has been bereaved or affected by a death. No one needs to feel alone as they deal with their grief. www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk
Childline (0800 1111 ) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
Beat Eating Disorders: Beat provides helplines for adults and young people offering support and information about eating disorders. These helplines are free to call from all phones. Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677, Studentline: 0808 801 0811, Youthline: 0808 801 0711. www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk
Anorexia & Bulimia Care: ABC provide on-going care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders, those struggling personally and parents, families and friends. Helpline: 03000 11 12 13. www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk/
Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying studentsagainstdepression.org
Highways England said traffic jams and delays of up to 45 minutes resulted from the emergency but the motorway’s closure has now been lifted.
It wasn’t the only incident affecting traffic on the region’s motorways this evening as crashes on the M60, M56 and M6 caused further tailbacks.
The M60 – Police said they had received reports of a collision between junctions 6 for Sale and 5 for Princess Parkway on the anti-clockwise stretch. Officers were en-route they said.
Whilst the exit slip road clockwise at junction 18, Simister Island, has also been closed after a “minor collision” Highways England said. Ambulance crews were en-route.
The M56 -There has been a four vehicle crash between junction 14 for Chester Zoo and junction 12 for Runcorn on the westbound carriageway. Police said all the vehicles are in live lanes and police and highway officers were en-route along with paramedics.
The M6 – There has been a three-vehicle collision northbound between junctions 20 for Lymm and J21 for Warrington.- No injuries have been reported but one lane is blocked police say.
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