Lancashire LIVE: Crash involving 'three lorries' closes M6 in both directions

A serious crash on the M6 closed the carriageways in both directions in Cheshire today (July 8).

Thursday, 8th July 2021, 3:26 pm

Here are the latest updates:

Heavy traffic was building in the area following the collision. (Credit: Highways England)
Heavy traffic was building in the area following the collision. (Credit: Highways England)

Serious crash closes carriageway in both directions in Cheshire today (July 8).

Last updated: Thursday, 08 July, 2021, 18:13

  • The crash occurred between junctions 19 (Knutsford) and 20 (Lymm Interchange)
  • Emergency services rushed to the scene on the M6 southbound near Lymm at around 12.40pm
  • Two air ambulances were called to the scene as well as six fire engines
  • Northbound carriageway now reopen
  • Trapped traffic is being turned around and escorted back to J20 using the hardshoulder

Cheshire Police statement

The M6 in Cheshire northbound is being reopened following a serious collision near Knutsford.

Delays will take a short time to ease.

Five fire engines at scene

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed five fire engines are at the scene.

One is from Warrington, one from Birchwood, one from Knutsford, one from Winsford and one from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters are in attendance following reports of a collision on the M6 between junction 20 and junction 19.

On arrival the crews found that the collision involved three HGVs.

The carriageway is currently closed in both directions between junctions 19, Knutsford, and 20, Lymm Interchange.

Traffic on surrounding roads ‘crawling'

Southbound diversion

Follow the hollow triangle diversion symbol

  • Exit the M6 at J20
  • Take the M56 eastbound
  • Exit the M56 at J7
  • Take the A556 southbound
  • Re-join the M6 at J19

Southbound carriageway 'likely to remain closed for some time'

The northbound carriageway has now reopened.

The southbound carriageway will remain closed for some time.

Drivers are being asked to avoid the area.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Two taken to hospital

North West Ambulance Service has confirmed two patients have been taken to hospital after the crash.

One suffered minor injuries in the collision, NWAS said.

The second had to be cut free from a vehicle and was taken to hospital.

No update on their condition was given.

Officers bringing water to those still queuing

Firefighters are removing contents of one of the trailers

A spokesperson for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Firefighters are removing the contents of a trailer unit and absorbent pads have been placed on the carriageway.

“This incident will be updated when more information becomes available.”

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