POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a fatal crash on the M6 near Stafford early on Saturday morning.
A woman was killed in the crash and three other people were seriously injured after their Honda Insight car struck a road sign on the slip road to Stafford services.
The crash occurred on the exit slip road leading from the motorway to the service station, between junctions 15 and 14 southbound at around 5.50am.
Four ambulances, a paramedic officer, two BASICS doctors and the MERIT team attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road and crashed into a road sign while 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, a man and two women, who were in the car 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 spokesman added.. “The hospital had been pre alerted to the patients arrival and their serious injuries.”
Police said the woman who died was from the North West of England and aged in her 50s, but formal identification had not yet taken place. The other occupants of the car were all believed to be from the North West area,.
Specially trained police family liaison officers are now working to support the families of those involved.
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.”
The slip road was closed for three hours on Saturday morning for a detailed examination of the scened, and the vehicle will also be examined. Anyone with any information should call 101 quoting Staffordshire Police incident 187 of Saturday June 21.