Pensioner in hospital after driving wrong way on M6 and crashing into oncoming traffic

A man is being treated at Royal Lancaster Infirmary after he drove the wrong way down the M6 and crashed into oncoming traffic.

By Matthew Calderbank
Thursday, 4th November 2021, 12:09 pm

The man, aged in his 80s, drove a silver Ford Focus southbound on the northbound carriageway at Tebay Services at around 4pm yesterday (Wednesday, November 3).

Police say his car then struck an oncoming BMW, Audi and a Scania car transporter.

The crash closed the southbound M6 and two lanes of the northbound carriageway for around an hour whilst emergency services attended.

All M6 traffic was held on the northbound and southbound carriageways for around 50 minutes while emergency services attended the scene of the crash

The pensioner was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary as a precaution, say Cumbria Police. The other drivers suffered minor injuries.

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A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: "Police were called at around 4pm on Wednesday (November 3) to the report of a vehicle travelling southbound on the M6 northbound at Tebay services.

"The vehicle was a silver Ford Focus. It was further reported the vehicle was in collision with three other vehicles a BMW, Audi and a Scania car transporter.

"The driver of the Ford a man in his 80s was taken to the Royal Lancaster infirmary as a precaution. The other drivers suffered minor injuries."

Anyone with information relating to this incident can call police on 101, quoting incident number 153 of November 3.

Alternatively, information can be reported to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.