Lorry driver airlifted to hospital and ‘stable’ after M6 crash with Junction 27 southbound ‘up and over’ closure still in place

The lorry struck a motorway bridge during the crash Pic: SMAdyTaylor
The lorry struck a motorway bridge during the crash Pic: SMAdyTaylor

Pictures show the aftermath of recovery work on the M6 after a major crash has shut the motorway.




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Three cars and a lorry were involved in the smash on the southbound side between Junction 27 and Junction 26.

The lorry driver was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital and is understood to be in a serious but stable condition – according to an update from the North West Motorway Police.

Station Manager for Bolton North Fire Station/Horwich Fire Station, Ady Taylor, shared the pictures.

One of the cars came to rest under the wheels of the lorry Pic: Ady Taylor
One of the cars came to rest under the wheels of the lorry Pic:
SMAdyTaylor

He said: “We attended with Manchester Fire Service, Highways England North West, Merseyside Police and the North West Ambulance Service.

“I attended as part of hazmat group.

“No injuries from the car and the tanker driver airlifted to hospital for precautionary measures.”

The crash, shortly after 12noon on Saturday (23 January) saw both directions of the M6 shut by emergency services.

An up-and-over closure of Junction 27 remains in place with drivers taken off and then back on via the slip road.

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Highways England say the closure of the carriageway is necessary to enable emergency repairs and a reopening time is currently set for around 11pm on Saturday.

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