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MP demands answers on motorway delays

The M6 Credit: PA

Barrow MP John Woodcock is calling on ministers to explain the rise in the number of accidents and road closures on the northern M6 in the last three years.

He also says that the average length of time it takes to reopen the road after an accident has more than tripled.

Man killed running across M6 after failing to stop for police

An investigation is underway after a man died after being hit by a car on the M6 motorway last night.

The man, from the Blackpool area, had earlier failed to stop for a police patrol in Blackpool at about 9pm. He then made off at speed in a grey Ford Focus Sport.

He made his way on to the M55 and then on to the M6 southbound. At about 9.20pm and around one mile north of Charnock Richard services he stopped the car on the hard shoulder and crossed the three lanes of the southbound carriageway on foot. He was then hit by a car on the northbound carriageway.

The motorway was closed in both directions between Junctions 27 and 28 but reopened around 8:30 this morning.

An investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances and the matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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Blackpool man dies in M6 crash

A Blackpool man has died after a smash on the M6 in Staffordshire. It happened at 9am this morning, when two motorbikes crashed between J15 at Stoke and Yarnfield, near Stone.

The rider, a 63-year-old man from Blackpool, sadly died on his way to hospital. A female passenger, aged in her 50s was also seriously injured. Her condition is described as critical. The rider of the other motorbike was not injured. The motorbike had minor damage.

All three lanes of the motorway remain closed. The hard shoulder was opened for traffic at approx 11.30am.

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Christmas Day M6 crash victims were heading to a wedding in Greater Manchester

Police have named the three people killed in a crash on the M6 in Staffordshire yesterday. They were two young brothers: Adnan Habib, aged 10, and Mohammed Arsalaan Habib, aged 4, and a 32-year-old woman, Bushra Tazarib.

They were travelling from their home in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire to a family wedding in Greater Manchester.

Two women who were also injured in the incident have been discharged from hospital. One was the mother of the two boys and was driving the car. The other was also a relative.

Police are continuing to appeal for information about the incident. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Central Motorway Police Group's Collision Investigation Unit on 01785 234094.

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