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‘Hitchhiker’ killed on motorway slip road while trying to get a lift

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Cheshire, UK - October 01, 2013: Looking down at the M56 Motorway in Cheshire from a bridge on a dull October day.Cars and lorries are travelling both ways.
He was walking along a sliproad on the M56 motorway in Cheshire (Picture: Getty)

A man has died ‘while trying to hitchhike’ along the M56.

The pedestrian was struck by a Jaguar XF Saloon on the slip road of the busy motorway.

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He was taken to hospital after the crash around 1.10am this morning, but sadly died a short time later.

Greater Manchester Police said they were called to Junction 2 of the east-bound carriageway at Sharston Link.

They said the man killed was in his twenties.

The east-bound road was closed for more than four hours but has since reopened.

M56 eastbound near Sharston (Picture: Google)
The M56 eastbound near Sharston (Picture: Google)

The Manchester Evening News reported the man was believed to be trying to hitch a lift before he was killed.

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Greater Manchester Police are investigating the circumstances of the crash.

Anyone with further information can contact GMP on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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