M6 reopens more than 12 hours after fatal collision

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THE M6 northbound finally reopened late last night after a fatal accident.

Yesterday morning, Tuesday, a blue and white HGV collided with a railway bridge between junction 17 for Sandbach and junction 18 for Middlewich.

The driver of the HGV, a man in his 60s, died at the scene.

READ > Driver dies after HGV collides with railway bridge on M6

The M6 northbound was closed for more than 12 hours as a result, with more than 120 minute delays reported, as a police-led investigation was carried out at the scene.

A spillage of 800 litres of diesel was also cleared.

Northern Railway services between Holmes Chapel and Crewe were cancelled as a result of the HGV hitting the railway bridge.

Highways England said: “The full closure at junction 17, M6 northbound, has been removed, and the motorway re-opened.

“However, there is still a lane 1/2 closure in place, where the bridge was struck.

“This likely to be in place for a little while. Apologies for any inconvenience.”

This is causing delays with travel time around 25 minutes.