M8 fatal lorry crash driver named as Hugh McKenna

M8 crash
Image caption The driver of a west-bound Nissan Micra was also hurt in the crash

A 68-year-old lorry driver who died in a crash on Scotland's busiest motorway on Tuesday has been named by police.

Hugh McKenna, from Bellshill in North Lanarkshire, was driving east on the M8 near Harthill when his Mercedes lorry crossed the central reservation and struck a footbridge pier.

Strathclyde Police are investigating whether Mr McKenna may have fallen ill at the wheel.

The driver of a west-bound Nissan Micra was also hurt in the crash.

The 37-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to Monklands District General Hospital with minor injuries.

The M8 was closed in both directions for more than four hours after the crash, which happened at about 0600 BST.

Motorists faced hours of delays as diversions were put in place, with junctions four to six affected.

The road reopened fully opened at about 1700 BST, in time for the evening rush hour.

Strathclyde Police have appealed for information about the crash.

A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

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