Police appeal for witnesses following fatal collision

Police appeal for witnesses following fatal collision

The family of a motorcyclist who died in a collision on the M6 have paid tribute to him.

Police were called at 12.20pm on Monday 5 September to reports of a collision on the northbound carriageway of the M6, near Keele Services, between junctions 15 and 16.

The collision involved a red motorcycle and a white Peugeot 208. Paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service attended, as well as an air ambulance.

Sadly, despite the best efforts of medical staff, 65-year-old Michael Thompson, who was riding the motorcycle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement, his family said: “Michael was sadly taken from us following an incident on his bike while travelling with friends to Scotland. He leaves behind his wife Gill, son Ben and partner Katie, daughter Nikki and partner Zak and two grandchildren whom he adored. As a family, we are devastated by the sudden loss of Mick. We would like to thank the officers who are looking after us so well and the emergency paramedics and helicopter team who fought to save him. As a retired Army helicopter pilot himself, Michael knew and appreciated the work they do.”

The driver of the Peugeot was uninjured and she continues to assist officers with their inquiries.

Officers from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Team (CIU) are continuing to appeal for information following the collision.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or those with dashcam or CCTV footage of the area at the time are asked to contact us on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101, quoting incident 260 of 5 September.

Alternatively, email CIU directly at ciu@staffordshire.police.uk

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