By Martin Graham
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man died while walking on the M8 motorway.
The 18-year-old was struck by a heavy good vehicle as he walked along the westbound carriageway near to the Harthill service station.
The accident happened at 9.15pm on Sunday.
An ambulance attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The dead man’s relatives have been informed.
Sources say that the man was local to the area.
No one else was injured in the accident.
The lorry driver was said to be extremely shaken and traumatised by the incident.
He received support from emergency services staff at the scene, but declined to be taken to hospital.
The lorry was taken away for examination.
The M8 was closed for approximately five hours to allow a full police investigation.
A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: “We received a report of a pedestrian being knocked down on the M8 westbound near Harthill.
“On arrival we confirmed he had been struck by a passing heavy goods vehicle which resulted in his death.”
Sergeant Iain Sneddon at Road Policing Department at Motherwell Police Office is appealing for witnesses to the crash.
He said: “Anyone who witnessed the road crash or who has any information on the circumstances should contact Road Policing Department on 01698 483125”
Police do not yet know how the man came to be on the road.