A construction worker has been killed after being hit by a mobile digger on the M6 motorway in Lancashire.
He was working on a Highways Agency contract to install ducts for telecommunications cables in the verge of the motorway, near Preston, and was employed by civil engineering contractor McDermott Construction / McFour.
Police were called at 6.15pm on 16 June to an incident on the M6 northbound carriageway at Garstang.
A police statement said: “Work was taking place on the hard shoulder by contractors, during which a 26 year old male worker received serious injuries after being involved in a collision with a mobile digger.
“Paramedics and the air ambulance attended the scene but his injuries proved fatal shortly after being airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital.”
A spokeswoman for the Highways Agency said: "We can confirm that a road worker died after being seriously injured following an incident on the evening of Wednesday 16 June. As this accident is still being investigated by the Police, it is too early for us to comment further, but we will continue to work closely with the police. Our thoughts are with the family of the road worker."
The man has been named as Edward Fitzgerald who was from Heysham.
The Health and Safety Executive has been notified.