M6 re-opens after ten-vehicle crash at busy junction

A lorry driver was taken to hospital by air ambulance after suffering major trauma in a multi-vehicle pile-up earlier today.

Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, 3:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, 3:21 pm
The Incident Commander at the rear of the traffic queue following this morning's collison

Eight cars and two HGVs are believed to have been involved in the crash at Orrell Interchange where the M58 meets the M6 North.

Paramedics have revealed that at least one patient was taken to Aintree Hospital with traumatic injuries while two drivers, one woman aged 33, were taken to Wigan Infirmary for minor injuries after the incident early this morning (Wednesday).

The M6 northbound carriageway was closed for almost three hours between J25 and J26 with diversions in place.

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Motorists waiting to be released from the M6 Northbound

During the recovery works Highways England asked for drivers to be patient while emergencey services worked on removing trapped traffic from the road.

The southbound carriageway, which was initially closed to allow air ambulance access, was reopened around an hour after the incident.

Stranded motorists reported ambulances, police and a fire crews racing to the scene.

One said: "There are emergency vehicles everywhere and traffic is at a standstill."

M6 Northbound following crash
M6 Northbound traffic following crash
Traffic is at a standstill around Orrell and the M6 north has been closed following a ten-car pile up
Air ambulance lands at the scene at M58