8-year-old boy from Leicester dies in motorway crash

An eight-year-old boy from Leicester has died following a collision on the M6 motorway.

The accident happened yesterday (Thursday 31 May), at around 7.30pm, on the M6, near Birmingham.

Police responded to the emergency after reports of a collision between a lorry and a red Toyota Yaris car, which is believed to have stopped on the southbound hard shoulder between Junctions 5 and 6.

The youngster, who’s name has not been released was pronounced dead at the scene and a number of other occupants of the car were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Road traffic police had closed off the motorway for a number of hours while the road was made safe following the collision.

A 62-year-old man from Hampshire, who was the driver of the lorry, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw either vehicle before the incident to come forward with information.

If you think you can help, please contact the Police on 101.