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Fatal collision on M42 motorway

At around 5.20pm last night (15 November) police were called to reports of a body in the road on the southbound carriageway of the M42 between junctions 10 and 9.

Emergency services attended the scene and found a red Mazda that is believed to have collided with the safety barrier. The body of a man was also found in the carriageway and a post mortem examination is due to take place in the coming days.

The motorway was closed while police and partner agencies investigated at the scene and ensured the safety of motorists.

Warwickshire Police Sergeant Leanne Mason said: "This was obviously a very sad incident, and the road was closed overnight while investigations took place. I know this caused long delays for a great many motorists, so I'd like to thank everyone for their patience.

"A thorough investigation continues today into the circumstances surrounding the death and as such, we would appeal for anyone who was travelling along that stretch of motorway at the time to come forward if they haven't already.

"Officers are also keen to speak to anyone with dashcam footage of the incident. Any information, no matter how small, may be significant in our investigation."

Anyone with information or who witnessed the collision is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 302 of 15 November.

Issued: 10.45am, Thursday 16 November, Laura Maltby, Corporate Communications

Published 16/11/17