UPDATE: Police confirm two fatalities following collision on M6 this morning

Date Published: 25/02/2013 12:09

Sadly, police can now confirm that two people have died following a serious road traffic collision that occurred on the M6 this morning.

The collision occurred around 8.15am this morning, Monday 25 February, on the M6 northbound carriageway just after Burton services between J35 – J36. More than twenty emergency service vehicles remain on scene and police can now confirm that the following eight vehicles were involved:

-              A ’SPAR’ rigid heavy goods vehicle which was towing another trailer. This vehicle was driven by a man who sadly died at the scene.
-              A blue flat lorry driven by a man who sadly died at the scene. He is believed to be from the Southport area.
-              A yellow heavy goods vehicle.
-              A dark coloured Peugeot 307 which was driven by a woman from Lancaster and was trapped between the yellow HGV and red Volvo HGV. She suffered serious injuries that are not believed to be life threatening at this time.
-              A red Volvo heavy goods vehicle.
-              A white Mercedes flatbed heavy goods vehicle.
-              A silver Renault traffic van driven by a man who has been taken to Preston Royal Infirmary by air ambulance.
-              A silver Volkswagen golf which suffered damage from the debris of the collision. The occupant was uninjured.

All casualties have now been taken to hospital via land or air ambulance however the northbound carriageway of the M6 remains closed while the scene is cleared. Traffic is starting to move slowly in lane 3.

Cumbria Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit and Collision Investigators are on scene and have launched an investigation. Specially trained family liaison officers have been appointed and are ensuring that family members are supported and kept fully informed.

Police would like to thank motorists for their patience so far. Diversions remain in place which motorists are encouraged to use. There are extensive delays in the area and these are likely to continue for the foreseeable future while the scene is cleared.

Drivers are asked to use alternative routes wherever possible.

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