M6 traffic nightmare: Major motorway CLOSED after lorry overturns – man rushed to hospital

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The HGV left the carriageway between junction 28 for Leyland and junction 27 for Standish, at around 8.50am on Wednesday morning. Traffic officers, maintenance crews and recovery National Highways were called to the scene. Paramedic and Lancashire Police were also in attendance. A man has been taken to hospital, a spokesperson for the North West Ambulance Service confirmed.

A spokesperson for Highways England said: “Emergency services including Lancashire Police are on scene and working with Traffic Officers and recovery contractors to clear the overturned lorry.

“Road users are advised to expect disruption and to allow extra journey time.”

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “We were made aware by Highways at about 8.50am that a lorry had shed its load on the M6 just after Charnock Richard services.

“We attended with paramedics.

“It isn’t clear as yet whether the driver has been taken to hospital or just checked over at scene.”

Traffic website, Inrix, said: “M6 Southbound closed, stationary traffic due to accident, a lorry involved between J28 B5256 Leyland Way (Leyland) and J27 A5209 Crow Orchard Road (Standish).

“Closure put in place at 10:40 after a lorry had come off the road earlier this morning.

“Some trapped traffic is passing the scene still using lanes two and three.”

There are currently delays building on both sides of the motorway and on diversion routes.

Drivers are being told to allow extra time to travel for their journeys or avoid the area if possible.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “The motorway is expected to reopen around 1.30pm today.

“Local diversions are in place. Check before you travel.”

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National Highways added: “”Drivers planning to use the southbound M6 in Lancashire are being advised it has been temporarily closed for specialist vehicle recovery.

“It is expected to take at least two hours to recover a lorry after it collided with barriers and ended in the motorway verge shortly before 9am.

“No one was injured in the incident, between junction 28 of the motorway at Leyland and junction 27 at Standish, but the carriageway has been closed to ensure the lorry can be safely removed as soon as possible.

“The collision also resulted in extensive damage to the safety barrier in the verge and debris being scattered over the carriageway.

“National Highways traffic officers kept traffic moving past the scene of the incident but the southbound carriageway was closed at 11am to allow specialist recovery.

“It is possible that lane three of the carriageway may be re-opened once the lorry has been righted but drivers are being advised to make use of the good alternative motorway routes via the M61 from junction 30 or M65 from junction 29.

“Drivers can otherwise use a local diversion route between junction 28 and junction 27 following the hollow black square symbol along the A49.”


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