M6 to remain closed for hours as police investigation launched and '800 litres of diesel' cleared

A section of the M6 remains closed after a lorry struck a railway bridge following a three-vehicle collision in Cheshire.

By Sean Gleaves
Tuesday, 7th September 2021, 4:35 pm

National Highways has advised drivers that the M6 remains closed northbound between junctions 17 (Sandbach) 18 (Sproston Green) following a serious incident.

The three-vehicle collision occurred at around 8.10am this morning (September 7), causing a lorry to strike a railway bridge.

The northbound carriageway is not expected to reopen before this evening's peak traffic hours as a police-led investigation will be carried out at the scene.

800 litres of diesel also has to be cleared.

National Highways Traffic Operations Manager Chris Martin said: "We would advise road users to avoid travelling in the local area and use alternative routes if possible."

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There is a two-hour delay stretching back 6.5 miles on the approach to the scene.

There was a two-hour delay stretching back 6.5 miles on the approach to the scene. (Credit: Highways England)

All trapped traffic has been released by temporarily opening lane 4 and also turning around vehicles.

The following diversion is in place:

Follow solid diamond:

- Exit at junction 17 and travel eastbound on A534

- Turn left onto A50 and travel north

- Please note there is a low bridge 4.8m/ 16ft prior to A54

- At Holmes Chapel turn left onto A54, travel west and re-join M6 at junction 18

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