M-way closed after lorry jackknifes

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Picture posted to Twitter by Lancs Road Police
Long rush hour queues formed this morning after the southbound carriageway of the M6 motorway was shut due to a jackknifed lorry.

The incident happened at around 7.40am when the wagon is believed to have skidded and collided with a car, blocking all four lanes near to Preston.

Within 15 minutes traffic was backed up as far as Garstang.

A police spokesman said: “It’s pretty chaotic out there at the moment with the motorway completely closed southbound at a very busy time.

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M6 southbound at a standstillM6 southbound at a standstill
M6 southbound at a standstill

“At the moment the tailbacks are getting longer and longer. Traffic is being diverted via the M55, but it is slow going.

“It is just a case of waiting for the lorry to be moved off the carriageway and the scene to be cleared. But we expect it to be a problem for some time.”

The incident happened near to junction 32. It is not thought there have been any serious injuries.

More Later.