Fatal crash closes M6

Motorway police are investigating the cause of a fatal crash on the M6 earlier this afternoon (Sunday 21 August).

Multiple 999 calls were received by police at around 3pm. All emergency services and Highways England were immediately dispatched to the northbound section of the motorway between junctions 10 and 10A

A van pulling a trailer, a car, and a heavy good vehicle were involved. One man has died and one other – described as walking wounded – is being treated for his injuries. The relatives of the deceased have been informed. No further details are being released at this time.

The stretch of road is closed while specialist investigators examine the scene for clues. CCTV is also currently being reviewed.

Specialist recovery equipment is being brought in from north Staffordshire to remove the vehicles. Major repair work is also needed to a gantry badly damaged in the crash. Leaking fuel is also thought to have seriously damaged the road surface.

Diversions are in place but the motorway is expected to be closed for the rest of the day and drivers should find alternative routes. Tailbacks currently stretch to junction seven.

Sergeant Chris Ridge, from the Central Motorway Police Group, said: “We and our colleagues from Highways England are working flat out to ensure the motorway reopens as soon as possible. But given the severity of this fatal crash this is likely to take some time.

“Drivers will clearly be inconvenienced by the closure and I apologise in advance. I would ask for them to be patient and keep listening to local radio. More than this I would ask them to keep in mind the family and friends of the deceased, and understand that we are doing everything we can to find the answers to why their loved one has died.”

Witnesses to the crash should call West Midlands Police on 101 quoting reference number 1400 of 21/8/16.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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