Police appeal after 'much-loved' South Cheshire dad dies in motorway crash

By Ryan Parker

24th Jan 2023 | Local News

The driver of the vehicle, Matthew Clarke, 48, from Nantwich, sadly died at the scene (Cheshire Police).
The driver of the vehicle, Matthew Clarke, 48, from Nantwich, sadly died at the scene (Cheshire Police).

Cheshire Police are urgently appealing for information - after a 'much loved' South Cheshire dad died in a fatal motorway collision.

At around 10.35am on Friday 20 January, officers were called to the M56 westbound near to junction 14, following reports of a one-vehicle collision involving a grey BMW which had come off the carriageway.

The driver of the vehicle, Matthew Clarke, 48, from Nantwich, sadly died at the scene.

His family are being supported by specialist officers.

In a tribute, Mr Clarke's family said: "Matt was a keen fisherman and land rover defender enthusiast. 

"An active member of Corwen and District Angling Club, he ran the Club's junior training days encouraging more youngsters into the sport and was never happier than when out on the riverbank.  

"He was a much-loved husband and devoted father and we will miss him and his quirky sense of humour forever. 

"We are devastated to have lost him and request privacy at this most difficult time. 

"We would like to thank everyone who helped Matt at the scene of the collision and the staff of Cheshire Police for their continued support."

Matthew Clarke's grey BMW came off the carriageway on the M56 - Friday 20 January (Wikimedia Commons).

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have any information or dashcam footage from the area around the time of the incident to please get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to report it to Cheshire Police via its website quoting IML 1460391 or calling 101.

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