One person has died and 10 people have been injured in a nine-vehicle collision on the M6 southbound in Cheshire.
Three of those hurt suffered serious injuries, two of which are life threatening, Cheshire Police said. The remaining seven suffered minor injuries.
All the casualties have been taken to hospital, with two flown by air ambulance.
The collision occurred late this morning at junction 16 and involved two vans, two HGVs and five cars.
The southbound carriageway has been shut between junctions 16 and 18 and is likely to be closed for approximately four hours, police said.
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Three men have been cleared of plotting a robbery with a father-of-two who was shot dead by police. Anthony Grainger, 26, died of a gunshot wound to the chest after the vehicle he was in was stopped in a car park in the village of Culcheth in Cheshire on March 3.
Armed officers swooped on the stolen Audi in a "pre-planned operation" as a police officer fired a bullet which passed through the windscreen and hit Mr Grainger. His associates, David Totton, 33, and Joseph Travers, 27, were arrested at the scene wearing balaclavas rolled up on their heads.
Another man, Robert Rimmer, 26, was arrested the next day. Mr Totton, of Rochdale Road, Manchester, Mr Travers, of no fixed address, and Mr Rimmer, of Ainsbrook Avenue, New Moston, were found not guilty of conspiracy to rob by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.
Shafilea Ahmed's teacher saw injuries which the teenager claimed were caused in a "beating" from her parents, a court heard today. The teenager's parents are accused of murdering Shafilea at home in Cheshire in September 2003.
Joanne Code said Shafilea also ran away from home and said would not go back because "they are going to marry me off in Pakistan".
Mrs Code told the jury at Chester Crown Court: "I was concerned that if she said too much it might make life difficult for her. It was a very direct question I needed to ask her, I asked whether or not I needed to be worried about her welfare - which she replied 'Yes'."
The teacher informed her father Iftikhar Ahmed that Shafilea needed to sign papers if they wanted her to leave her studies. The next day, Mrs Code said that Shafilea came in with a "bruise to her neck and a cut on her lip", claiming that her mother and father had "taken turns in beating her".
When the prosecution asked Mevish Ahmed is she had said that her mother had broken Shafilea's finger in Pakistan, she replied "no".
When the prosecution asked Mevish Ahmed if she was scared she would be sedated like Shafilea if she went to Pakistan, she replied "no".
When asked if she had attempted to intimidate a witness in these proceedings with silent calls, Mevish Ahmed told the court it was just a joke.
Mevish Ahmed breaks down in the witness box as she gives her evidence.
When asked if she had said that Shafilea had wet the sofa Mevish Ahmed told the court: "I may have written that down in the past". Then when she was asked if she had destroyed the document she replied, "I may have done".
I am at Chester Crown Court listening to the evidence of Mevish Ahmed, the sister of Shafilea Ahmed, in the case where her parents, Iftikhar and Farzana, are accused of murdering the teenager.
Mevish Ahmed told the court she did not recall saying "her (Shafilea's) eyes were wide open while she was being suffocated to death". When she was asked if she has problems with her memory she said "I don't recall everything that I've said."