Woman killed walking on M65 near Burnley

An 18-year-old woman has died after being hit by a van while walking on a motorway.

Lena Begum, from Higher Reedley, near Nelson. was struck on the M65 eastbound carriageway near Burnley at about 04:00 BST, police said.

The driver of the van, a 48-year-old man from Burnley, was treated at the scene for shock.

Police are investigating why the woman was on the motorway, which was closed for several hours.

They are appealing for witnesses.

Sgt Tracey Ward said: "Although it was in the early hours of the morning, there may have been people driving on the motorway who may have witnessed what happened or spotted the woman.

"Her family have been informed and specially trained family liaison officers are supporting them through this terrible ordeal."

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