A woman has died and three others were seriously injured following a crash on the M6 entry slip road to Stafford Services today.
The crash involved a Honda Insight car on the southbound side at around 5.50am, causing the slip road to be closed for three hours.
A female passenger in her 50s from the North West died at the scene. The three other occupants, also believed to be from the North West area, were taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, each in a serious but stable condition.
The crash happened on the slip road to Stafford Services, between junctions 15 and 14, with emergency services called to the scene.
Pc Matt Lovatt from the regional collision investigation unit said: “We are at the beginning of a detailed investigation and we have already spoken to a number of witnesses, but we are keen to speak to anyone else who saw the collision or the vehicle shortly before.”
Four ambulances, a paramedic officer and two BASICS Doctors were sent to the scene by West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Spokesman John Hawker said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road and crashed into a road sign whilst attempting to leave the motorway for Stafford Services.
"A woman who was travelling in the car was in traumatic cardiac arrest and CPR was being carried out by Police on scene.
" Medics took over resuscitation attempts and advanced life support techniques were carried out.
“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of everyone in attendance, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.
"Three other people that were travelling in the car at the time of the crash all suffered abdominal injuries and received emergency treatment by ambulance staff.
"The conditions of the man and two women was stabilised before they were transferred to University Hospital North Staffordshire by ambulance for further emergency treatment.
“The hospital had been pre-alerted to the patients arrival and their serious injuries.”
The slip road was closed for three hours this morning while a detailed examination of the scene was completed and the vehicle will also undergo further investigation.
Anyone with any information should call 101 quoting Staffordshire Police incident 187 of Saturday, July 21.