M6 traffic: Motorway reopens between junction 32 and junction 33 after lorry crash

There were long delays on the M6 northbound. Credit: National Highways

A large part of the M6 in Lancashire has finally reopened after it was completely closed for 15 hours - causing major disruption to thousands of drivers heading north.

National Highways say the closure caused delays of up to 90 minutes, with eight miles of congestion, after a lorry carrying diesel overturned.

The road was shut for almost 15 hours while recovery work is took place between junctions J32 M55 (Broughton Interchange) to J33 A6 Preston Lancaster Road (Lancaster South / Garstang.)

It closed around 2:30am and remained closed due to the difficult nature of of recovering the lorry.

A large amount of diesel and oil also spilled onto the carriageway which, National Highways say, needed to be cleared and the road surface inspected for damage.

Delays are still around 30 minutes, with five miles of congestion.

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