Police officer dies in motorway crash

A police officer has died in a motorway crash.

Cumbria Constabulary said the 47-year-old man, who worked for the force’s mobile support group, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision on the M6 near Carlisle at about 2pm on Sunday.

The crash, which involved one police vehicle, happened on the southbound carriageway between junctions 44 and 43.

The man was the only occupant of the vehicle, a force spokesman said.

The spokesman added: “Specialist officers are supporting his family at this time.”

The motorway was closed in both directions for collision inquiries to be carried out following the crash.