M6 northbound delays "into next week" as lanes remain closed after fatal crash

By Dianne Bourne

Motorists can expect delays on the M6 northbound "into next week" as two lanes remain closed northbound in Cheshire after a fatal crash on Tuesday.

Queuing traffic has remained a regular fixture for those using the M6 northbound between Junction 17 at Sandbach and Junction 18 at Middlewich since Tuesday, after a 60-year-old HGV driver died following a collision with a railway bridge.

The road was closed for most of Tuesday, with two lanes eventually reopening to traffic.

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Two lanes remained closed on Friday, with queues backing up to Junction 16 at Crewe throughout the day - and motorists are being warned to expect "longer delays" through the afternoon rush hour.

Queuing traffic pictured at J17 at Sandbach, Cheshire on Friday, September 10 (MEN)

National Highways North West have said in a statement on social media that bridge repairs will continue "until next week" and motorists should continue to expect delays with lanes 1 and 2 to stay closed for the repair work.

The bridge is said to have sustained "significant damage" and until it is fully repaired the two lane closures will remain in place.

Highways officers are working alongside Network Rail to repair the damage to the bridge column.

The statement said: "Cheshire be aware - M6 northbound J17 to J18 2 lanes are still closed following a bridge strike the other day, and will remain closed going into next week.

"Congestion currently backing up to Sandbach."

Slow moving traffic pictured heading northbound at J17 Sandbach on Friday, September 10 (MEN)

Traffic has been queuing up to the bridge throughout Friday back to Junction 16 at Crewe, and highways officers have warned that delays could get worse as we head into rush hour on Friday afternoon.

Motorists are being urged to plan ahead if they are travelling in and around this part of Cheshire - especially with a number of major music events taking place across the region this weekend.

Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident on Tuesday, particularly anyone who has any dash cam footage, to get in touch.

In a statement released after the collision on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Cheshire Police said: "Police are appealing for witnesses and video footage following a fatal collision on the M6 in Cheshire.

"At 8.07am on Tuesday 7 September police were called to reports of a serious collision on the northbound carriageway between junctions 17 (Sandbach) and 18 (Middlewich).

"Officers attended the scene and found that a blue and white HGV had collided with a railway bridge.

"Sadly the driver of the HGV, a man in his 60s, died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

"There were no other vehicles involved in the incident.

"Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone with any CCTV or dashcam footage which may aid the investigation."

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cheshire police on 101, or visit www.cheshire.police.uk/tua, quoiting IML 1079063.

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