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Serious road collision at St Bees

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Police were called to a serious road collision at St Bees this morning.

The crash happened on the B5345 (St Bees Road) and the road was closed from the Sandwith junction to the Wilson Pit Road junction for around three hours.

The road has now re-opened.

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Appeal for witnesses following major M6 crash

Scene of the M6 crash Credit: ITV News

Police investigating a serious crash on the M6 that caused major traffic disruption earlier this week are appealing for witnesses.

The collision happened shortly after 6am on Monday when a milk tanker collided with a lorry on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 35 and 34 near Carnforth. The milk tanker jack-knifed and collided with the central reservation causing debris to fall on to the northbound carriageway which then collided with a BMW saloon car causing minor damage. The tanker leaked fuel and milk out onto the carriageway and the articulated lorry shed its load of wooden floor panels.

The driver of the milk tanker, a 56 year old man, suffered serious injuries to his neck, spine, pelvis and legs and was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital where he remains in a stable condition. The driver of the articulated lorry, a 50 year old man, suffered whiplash and cuts and bruises to his face and body.

“This was a serious collision which left one man with serious injuries and he faces a long road to recovery. Although the motorway has been reopened our investigation to establish exactly how this major collision occurred is still on-going.

"I would urge anyone who witnessed what happened or has any information that could assist with our investigation and has not yet spoken to us to get in touch as soon as possible.”

– PS Tracey Ward, Lancashire Police

Although the crash happened in Lancashire it caused major delays and disruption on the M6 in Cumbria.

The southbound carriageway was closed for 21 hours for a full examination of the scene, recovery of the vehicles and the clean-up operation, which included resurfacing work. It reopened at 3am on Tuesday 8 March.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 181 of 7 March.

Major traffic disruption as M6 closed following serious collisions

Crash scene on the M6 Credit: ITV News

Two serious crashes have completely closed the southbound carriageway of the M6 in south Cumbria and Lancashire leading to major traffic disruption.

The motorway is shut between junction 36 at Kirkby Lonsdale and junction 34 at Lancaster following the collisions this morning.

Police say the motorway is likely to be closed for most of the day.

The first incident occurred at around 4am and led to 300 litres of diesel leaking onto the road surface at junction 34 when a lorry struck the central reservation, rupturing its fuel tank. The lorry has been removed from the scene but the road requires resurfacing due to the diesel leak.

The second collision happened just after 6am, close to junction 35 at Carnforth, and involved three lorries. This incident also led to a large diesel spillage and the road will need to be resurfaced once the police investigation has been completed.

As well as the southbound carriageway being completely shut, the northbound carriageway is down to just one lane.

Crash scene on the M6 Credit: ITV News

Motorists are advised to leave the M6 at junction 40 and travel southbound via the A66 and A1.

A diversion has also been set where drivers are asked to leave the M6 at junction 36 and take the A65 and A683 before re-joining the M6 at junction 34.

“These two incidents have led to large amounts of diesel being spilled onto the southbound carriageway so we need to clean this up and resurface the road before we can safely reopen the motorway.

“We’re got a diversion in place between junctions 36 and 34, but there are currently long delays so we’re advising drivers to avoid the area if at all possible.”

– Chris Chadwick, Emergency Planning Officer at Highways England
Crash scene on the M6 Credit: ITV News

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Cows close M6 near Penrith

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A stretch of the M6 at Penrith has reopened after cows closed the northbound carriageway.

At around 10am a Land Rover Discovery with a trailer full of cattle was involved in a crash with a Citroen Relay van, driven by a 32-year-old man from Birmingham.

Following the collision, in which neither driver was injured, cows got on to the carriageway.

A vet was called to the scene to check the animals and the motorway has now re-opened.

A590 reopened after 3 car collision

Road traffic collision A590 Credit: ITV Border

Police were called today to reports of a three vehicle collision on the A590 close to Greenodd Ulverston.

The vehicles below were involved in the collision:

  • - A Red Skoda Fabia, driven by a 54 year old female from Lancashire
  • - A grey Renault Scenic, driven by a 43 year old woman from Ulverston
  • - A Silver Vauxhall driven by a 48 year old woman from Ulverston

All three drivers received treatment for minor injuries at the scene.

The road was closed for a time following the collision to allow police investigation and for recovery of vehicles.

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