March 13th declared M6 busiest day

Monday 13 March was one of the busiest days ever on the M6 according to the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner. Lorry fires, car crashes and a broken-down coach affected the journeys of thousands of motorists. Added to the motorway mix were four arrests, the seizure of 20 vehicles and 62 tickets for drivers not wearing seatbelts.

On Monday March 13, Highways England and Central Motorway Policing Group had to deal with the following incidents all on the M6: Here’s a list of all the incidents: Incident One: 10.18am crash between two cars and a HGV that shed its load on M6 northbound

The lorry lost its load on both the north and southbound carriageways but quick action by Highways England saw the southbound carriageway restored to four lanes swiftly. The northbound carriageway took longer but a quickly-executed temporary repair allowed it to reopen sooner than before. All lanes were reopened by 2.26pm.

Incident Two: 12.05pm car on its side on M6 southbound at Packington Bank The car crashed into the central reservation and came to rest with no wheels touching the floor. However, joint working between the emergency services and Highways England saw the car dragged to the hard shoulder and all lanes reopened with 11 minutes and no injuries reported.

Incident Three: 3.05pm crash between an HGV and two cars on M6 southbound In order to get a speedy assessment of the scene, CPMG stopped in the outer most lane of the northbound carriageway, hopped over the barrier and relayed the information back, allowing other services to gauge their resource requirements. Once safe, the vehicles were then dragged into lane four to get things moving again.

All lanes were reopened at 5.55pm but two were operational within 40 minutes of the incident. Two minor injuries were reported. Incident Four: 4.18pm HGV carrying toilet paper on fire on M6 northbound near Castle Bromwich

The lorry caught fire on the hard shoulder, forcing the closure of the M6 south. Fast action by Warwickshire and West Midlands Fire allowed bosses at the scene to make the call that, even though the fire was not completely out, two lanes could reopen to ease the congestion. All lanes were reopened by 9.14pm and there were no injuries.

Incident Five: 6.04pm broken-down coach on M6 southbound The coach broke down in lane two but was recovered within 45 minutes and all lanes were reopened by 7.27pm.

“This improved way of joint-working is clearly making our motorway network more efficient. We all know the M6 can be a nightmare but this faster way of working following my summits is improving things massively.

I’d like to thank CPMG, Highways England and all of the emergency services for their exceptional efforts.”

– West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson

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