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Abnormal load warning for A66 and M6

Police are warning drivers. Credit: PA

Drivers are being warned of possible delays due to an abnormal load travelling on the A66 in Cumbria, and the motorway into Scotland.

Two long, abnormal loads will be travelling from Darlington to Aberdeen, and will be on the west bound carriageway of the A66 from approximately 11am to 2pm today.

The loads will then join the M6 northbound into Scotland.

The public are advised to adjust their travelling times or route to accommodate these loads.

Lorry driver critical after motorway crash

The HGV crashed into the M6 central reservation Credit: ITV Border

A lorry driver is in a critical condition following a crash which has closed the M6 north of Carlisle.

It is believed the 73-year-old driver from North Yorkshire suffered a heart attack prior to the crash.

The accident at 10.04am today saw a hay lorry hit the central reservation and the driver was given CPR at the scene and regained a heartbeat before being rushed to the Cumberland Infirmary.

The Great North Air Ambulance landed on the motorway and its paramedic was able to accompany the lorry driver to hospital by road.

The northbound carriageways remains closed north of junction 44 on the M6 with significant delays for traffic which is being diverted on to an alternative route.

Witnesses to the collision are asked to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to PC 747 Euan Stitt.

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M6 driver '40 times the drug-drive limit'

Chandler received a suspended sentence. Credit: PA

A driver who was almost 40 times the legal drug-drive limit has been sentenced in Carlisle.

Jeffrey Chandler, 53, came to the attention of police as he drove at 90mph on the M6 near Penrith.

Cannabis smoke from his Volkswagen Golf wafted through the vents of an officer's vehicle behind.

Chandler was stopped and tested positive for class A and B drugs.

He was slightly over the cannabis-drive limit and five times over the legal level for cocaine.

In addition he was nearly 40 times above the 50mg limit for benzoylecgonine - the main metabolite of cocaine.

Cannabis-possessing Chandler also had £8,300 cash which he had collected from Scotland.

He was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today (3 February), and had previously admitted charges of possession of both cannabis and criminal property, and three counts of drug-impaired driving.

Recorder Andrew Shaw said the drug readings indicated a "staggeringly high level of cocaine use".

He imposed a four-month prison sentenced which was suspended for 12 months.

Chandler, of Ventura Close, Manchester, must also complete a rehabilitation requirement, a three-month night-time curfew and a 30-month driving ban.

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M6 closed for second time today

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The M6 has been closed for the second time today, this time due to a car fire.

All three lanes on the northbound side have been closed between junction 41 and junction 42 while emergency services deal with the blaze.

The incident comes just hours after the M6 was re-opened following a 'police incident'.

Emergency services are currently dealing with a fire on the M6.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and take diversions.

M6 Southbound closed after serious accident

There has been a serious accident on the M6. Credit: ITV Border

The M6 Southbound has been closed south of Junction 42 at the Golden Fleece near the Low Hurst Railway Bridge, after a collision affecting all three lanes.

A lorry overturned and crossed the central reservation barrier into the Southbound carriageway.

Police were called to the scene at 3:21pm, and emergency services remain there.

The road has been closed from J42 on the southbound carriageway to J41 and is expected to be so for several hours.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

There is major traffic congestion as far back as J43.

Diversions are in place via the A6 to Penrith. The M6 Northbound is open, but with only two lanes available (lane three closed).

Highways England says once the vehicle has been recovered, a full inspection of the central reservation safety barrier and road surface will take place.

It is likely that the southbound carriageway and lane three on the northbound carriageway will need to remain fully closed until repairs are complete.

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