M-way closed after lorry jackknifes

Picture posted to Twitter by Lancs Road Police
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.

M6 southbound at a standstill

M6 southbound at a standstill

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.

“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, resulting in southbound delays.

At 11am the carriageway was reopened but with severe delays backing up to junction 33.

A police spokesperson said: “Fortunately there were only minor injuries but carriageway maintenance and recovery was required.”