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Fatal crash victim 'not found for 12 hours'

A man was dead in his car for up to 12 hours after his vehicle left the M6 in Lancashire and went over an embankment.

Mark Fowles, 46, of Alsagers Bank in Stoke on Trent, was found dead in his Renault Megane in a wooded area in Charnock Richard on Sunday morning.

Police found the car in the grounds of the Park Hall Hotel after he was reported missing by his family.

The car hit a tree after leaving the motorway on Saturday night and Mr Fowles suffered fatal head injuries.

Lancashire police said the car was below the carriageway, near the motorway services and exit slip.

Sgt Sean Cunningham, of Lancashire's motorway policing unit, said: "It is not clear how or why the car has left the carriageway and I would urge any witnesses that saw this incident to come forward.

"The car would not have been visible from the carriageway at night due to lighting and the location but given the collision has taken place close to the services; I hope someone may have seen something."

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