LIVE: M6 will be shut for ‘several hours’ after lorry strikes bridge

There are huge delays on the M6 in Cheshire after a person was seriously injured in a crash that forced the motorway to close. Emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway between junction 18 for Holmes Chapel and 17 for Sandbach after a lorry struck the railway bridge at around 8am this morning (Tuesday September 7). Three lanes were initially closed northbound but a full closure of the carriageway is now in place, with police saying it could be in place 'for several hours'.

Traffic on the southbound side was also stopped as the air ambulance landed at the scene but has since been released. A spokesperson for Cheshire Constabulary said: "Shortly after 8am on Tuesday 7 September police were called to reports of a collision on the M6. "The incident on the northbound carriageway near to Sandbach involves a HGV which has collided with a bridge.

One person is believed to have sustained serious injuries. "As a result of the incident the carriageway is currently closed northbound between junctions 17 (Sandbach) and 18 (Middlewich). "The closure is expected to remain in place for several hours.

"Local diversion are place but there are long delays and members of the public are advised to avoid the area if possible."

There were queues for more than eight miles on the northbound side with delays at around two hours.

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