POLICE are appealing for information following a fatal crash on the M5 in Sandwell yesterday (February 7).

Part of the M5 was closed near the junction with the M6 after a body was found on the carriageway.

Leonard Lowe, known as Terry, is believed to have been struck by a vehicle on the northbound carriageway near the Newton Road bridge at around 7am.

Police say the death of the 59-year-old from Wednesbury is not being treated as suspicious but have yet to identify the vehicle involved.

They say it’s unclear if the driver would be aware of what happened and are asking for people travelling on the motorway, near to the M6 split, who have any information or dash cam footage to contact them.

In a statement Mr Lowe’s family said: "Terry was the most fun-loving and caring person, a devoted family man and the best husband, father and grandad we could wish for.

"We are devastated by his loss, our lives will be empty without him. We ask that our privacy is respected at this difficult time."

Sergeant Alan Hands, from the serious collision investigation unit, said: "Our thoughts are with the family of Mr Lowe at this terrible time.

"We believe it is likely to be a large vehicle involved in the collision and it’s unclear if the driver knew what happened.

"We need to identify the driver, vehicle, and anyone who saw what happened to help us to establish the full circumstances."

People can contact investigators at FL_COLLISION_INVEST@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk, via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, or by calling 101, quoting the reference 455 of 7/2/20.