Dramatic pictures show aftermath of M6 crash after lorry leaves road before hitting tree

Three people have been hospitalised after a car and a lorry collided on the M6 today (August 16).

By Sean Gleaves
Monday, 16th August 2021, 1:04 pm
Updated Monday, 16th August 2021, 1:06 pm
Three people have been hospitalised after a car and a lorry collided on the M6. (Credit: Knutsford Fire Station)
Three people have been hospitalised after a car and a lorry collided on the M6. (Credit: Knutsford Fire Station)

The smash happened on the southbound carriageway between junctions 19 (Knutsford) and 18 (Middlewich) just before 7am.

A blue Renault Megane and a HGV collided, causing the lorry to veer off the carriageway before colliding into a tree.

Firefighters used cutting equipment to remove the doors of the car before rescuing four people.

The driver of the Renault, a man, has been taken to hospital.

The extent of his injuries are not yet known, police said.

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Two male passengers also sustained "minor injuries" and were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Firefighters used cutting equipment to remove the doors of the car before rescuing four people. (Credit: Knutsford Fire Station)

A spokesman for Knutsford Fire Station said: "This morning we were mobilised to a road traffic collision on the M6 between J19 -J18 Southbound.

"Five fire engines, police and ambulance crews attended the scene.

"The four casualties involved escaped with minor injuries and three were taken to hospital for further treatment."

Images released by the fire service show the Renault was completely destroyed in the crash.

A tree fell onto the carriageway due to the impact of the HGV. (Credit: Knutsford Fire Station)

One photo also shows a tree which had fallen onto the carriageway due to the impact of the HGV.

Two lanes remain shut following the collision, with Highways England reporting tailbacks of 10 miles and 90 minute delays.

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