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Traffic officer killed on M6

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Two Highways England traffic officers were involved in a serious incident on the M6 in Cumbria on Sunday (February 21) in which one officer was killed and the other seriously injured.

The officers had been responding to an incident on the southbound M6 between junctions 38 and 37 near Tebay Services when they were struck by a vehicle veering off the main carriageway just after midday.

Adam Gibb, 51, from Penrith, suffered fatal injuries and another officer, who is not being named, was airlifted to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough in a very serious condition.

Jim O’Sullivan, chief executive at Highways England, said: “Our thoughts are with the family, friends, and colleagues of the two Highways England traffic officers who were involved in this terrible incident.

“The police are carrying out an investigation and we are assisting them in any way that we can.

“Everyone at Highways England has been deeply affected by this incident and we would ask that the privacy of those closest to the officers is respected at this difficult time.”

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is being asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 or 0300 124 0111.

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  • Mike. - 24/02/2016 15:33

    Having just got a speeding ticket near there, I was going whinge, but "NOT" now, condolences to the family of the fatality, and best of wishes for a speedy recovery for the seriously injured.

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