LIVE: M6 closures after two major crashes

Christina Wilkins

A southbound stretch of the M6 near Manchester has been shut for hours today after a ‘serious crash’. Two lorries, a Mercedes car and a van were involved in the smash earlier this morning. As a result, the southbound carriageway is completely closed between junction 19 for Knutsford and junction […]

A southbound stretch of the M6 near Manchester has been shut for hours today after a ‘serious crash’.

Two lorries, a Mercedes car and a van were involved in the smash earlier this morning.

As a result, the southbound carriageway is completely closed between junction 19 for Knutsford and junction 20 at Lymm.

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The slip roads on the M56 and M6 are also closed.

The motorway is not expected to reopen until the early hours of the morning.

The Mercedes driver has suffered potentially life-threatening injuries in the smash, which happened shortly after 4.15am.

The North West Ambulance said in total three people were taken to hospital.



The southbound carriageway is currently closed between junctions 19 and 20

“Three ambulances, an advanced paramedic and a response vehicle, went the to scene of a multi-vehicle collision” they said in a statement.

“Three patients were taken to hospital, with one of those suffering major-trauma related injuries.”

As a result of the crash there was also a diesel spillage and damage to the central reservation barrier.

An accident investigation is now taking place at the scene.

On Friday afternoon, Highways England said: “Road remains closed due to extensive work required… Congestion back up to #CroftInterchange on the southbound #M6 and also from #J11 on the #M56.

“We’re working hard to get 3 lanes including the hard shoulder re-surfaced at the scene of this incident however will take some time to finish.

“We don’t expect the road to be re-opened until early hours tomorrow.

Fuel and oil has leaked from one of the vehicles which police said would “take some time to clear.”

We will have updates on this incident in the live blog below

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