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M6 reopens in both directions after lorry crashed into bridge

Photo: Highways England

The M6 has reopened in both directions between J32 and J33 in Lancashire.

A lorry hit a bridge between Broughton and Galgate on the southbound carriageway, just before 7.00am on Thursday 26 July.

Credit: North West Motorway Police

The support pillar helping to hold up the bridge was badly damaged.

Highways England worked through the night to remove the HGV and carry out emergency repairs to the bridge.

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Lane 1 and the hard shoulder along the M6 southbound will remain closed around the temporary bridge support, with a 50mph speed limit in place, while requirements for a permanent repair are assessed.

We’d like to thank drivers for their patience and support over the last 24 hours. The safety of road users has to be our priority and we faced quite a delicate operation to support the bridge and then remove the lorry and pier. Thankfully, we were able to complete that work overnight and the motorway has now reopened in both directions.

We’d also like to thank our friends in the emergency services and other agencies, including Lancashire Police, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and local highways authority, for the work they put in yesterday – whether in helping publicise the closure or carrying out welfare checks and providing water to people stuck in queues along the diversion route.. It's been a real partnership effort.”

– Phil Stockford, emergency planning manager for Highways England in the North West