It was an "absolute miracle" that only one person died when a lorry fell from a bridge on to a motorway in Cheshire, according to rescue teams.
The HGV, laden with household goods, fell on to the westbound carriageway of the busy M56 at around 3.30 in the afternoon at Warrington, killing the driver.
However, no other vehicles were involved and just two passing drivers had to be treated for shock. The relatively light casualties came as a relief to rescue workers who had feared a repeat of last Friday's M5 pile-up in Somerset in which seven people died.
The M56 accident, which emphasises the need for all drivers to be aware ofroad safety, happened at junction 11, near Preston Brook.
The North West Ambulance Service confirmed that the male lorry driver died at the scene. A spokesman said: ""The crew treated just two other people who suffered shock, which is an absolute miracle when you consider that the lorry fell directly onto the carriageway of the motorway."
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