Man killed in crash on Britannia Bridge
AMAN was killed in a crash involving a car and a lorry on the Britannia Bridge. Emergency services were called to the incident, involving an Audi A5 and an HGV on the eastbound lane of the A55, just before 2am on Friday.
A man from Warwickshire, who was driving the Audi, was pronounced dead at the scene. His family have been informed. Nobody else was with him in the car.
The road was closed for eight hours while emergency services cleared the scene, which was said to be a “complex” procedure because the HGV had shed some of its load.
Sergeant Raymond Williams of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Sadly, this is now being investigated as a fatal road traffic collision and our thoughts remain with the man’s family at this difficult time.
“We are appealing for any witnesses to come forward, and are keen to speak to anybody who may have been travelling in the area around the time of the collision and who may have dashcam footage.
“We are in contact with colleagues from Warwickshire Police as the man was local to their area.
“His family have been informed and they will now be supported by a specially-trained family liaison officer. We appreciate that people have been caught up in lengthy delays, and are fully aware of the impact closing the roads can have on the transport network. However, people must appreciate that we have a job to do when it comes to investigating fatal collisions.
“We, as the police, are the lead agency for collision investigation and have the primary duty to investigate and establish the circumstances that have led to road deaths and life-changing injuries.
“We must discharge our responsibilities to the coroner, the wider judiciary and family members.
“The recovery procedure for the HGV was also complex due to the nature of the load it was carrying, hence it took a while longer to fully re-open the road.
“We’d like to thank everybody for their patience and understanding.”