A WOMAN has died following a crash on the M6.

The 21-year-old from Blackburn, whose name has not yet been confirmed by the police, was travelling as a passenger in a car when it was struck by a petrol tanker last week.

Police were called around 6.40pm on Wednesday May 15 to reports of a collision between a Peugeot 207 and a petrol tanker between Junctions 27 and 28 of the M6 northbound, close to Charnock.

The driver of the car, 21-year-old Kamrooj Zaman, who was also from Blackburn, suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 21-year-old woman suffered a serious head injury and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital.

She sadly died of her injuries in hospital on Monday.

The driver of the tanker, a 58-year-old man from Ellesmere Port, was not injured.

A spokesperson for the police said: "We are now working extremely hard to piece together what occurred and would like to speak to anybody who witnessed the collision and has not yet been spoken to by police."

The incident closed the motorway in both directions between junctions 27 and 28 while accident investigators attended the scene.

On Saturday, hundreds paid their final respects to Mr Zaman at a Janazah (funeral) at the Shah Jalal Mosque on Revidge Road in Blackburn, with a burial taking place at Pleasington Cemetery.

Sgt Tracy Ward, of Lancashire’s Road Policing Unit, said: "This is extremely sad news and our thoughts are with both the man and woman’s family and friends at this incredibly distressing time.

"We are continuing to work hard to establish the circumstances surrounding the collision and we would urge anybody who saw all or part of the incident to get in touch as soon as possible."

Anybody with information is asked to get contact the police on 101, quoting log number 1448 of May 15.