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UPDATE: Appeal after fatal motorway collision

Written by on July 1, 2020

The family of a woman who died following a collision on the M61 have paid tribute to her. 

Police were called around 12.45pm on Sunday (June 28) to reports of a one-vehicle collision close to Bolton West Services.

A Kia Sportage car was travelling southbound when it left the carriageway and overturned.

Sadly the driver of the car, Toni Shepherd (pictured), 38, from Lostock Hall, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for more than four hours while accident investigators attended.

Police are continuing to appeal for information and urging any witnesses or motorists with dashboard mounted camera footage to come forward.

Sgt Chris Evans, of Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations, said: “These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with Toni’s family and friends at this very sad and difficult time.

We would encourage any witnesses, or any drivers with dashcam footage which might show the incident, to come forward if you can assist our investigation.”

In a tribute, Toni’s family said: “Toni was a much loved daughter, sister, partner and friend but her most important role in life was as a wonderful Mum to her four children. Toni was a ray of light in the lives of all who knew her and she was so kind hearted and trusting seeing the good in everyone. What she lacked in confidence she made up for in sheer determination and she worked hard at whatever she put her mind to. She’s been taken from us far too soon and at a time when she was at her happiest. She will be greatly missed and we would like to ask for privacy at this incredibly difficult time.”

Anyone with information can call 101 or email [email protected] quoting log 0643 of June 28.