Updates: M6 closed due to fatal accident in Staffordshire

The M6 motorway is closed in Staffordshire due to a fatal accident this afternoon (Monday July 22). Inrix, the traffic data company, reports the southbound carriageway is shut and there is queueing traffic due to the collision between junction 13 (Stafford South) and junction 12 (Gailey). Traffic England and Inrix both report one vehicle, a lorry, has left the carriageway, although a number of other vehicles are also understood to be involved.

A Highways England spokesman said:  “The M6 is currently closed from J13 to J12 with delays of at least 30 minutes covering several miles of the southbound carriageway. This closure is due to a road traffic collision and Highways England has resources deployed working hard to restore normal conditions as soon as possible. “For traffic approaching the closure locally, you are advised to expect disruption with extra journey time and may potentially have to re-route your journey.

“If travelling towards this area from much farther afield, you may wish to change your strategic route, allow extra travel time and follow guidance from our on-road variable message signs and media. The CMPG confirmed their collision investigation unit are at the scene – with Highways England saying they had no time for reopening yet. A spokesman said:  “Currently M6 south between 13 and 12.

Working quickly to get the road open as soon as possible. Please be mindful whilst officers conduct their investigation. “We are currently dealing with a fatal road traffic collision alongside the collision investigation unit on the M6 between J13 and 12.

“Please avoid the area and follow diversions put in place by Highways England.”

Queueing traffic on the M6 southbound

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“Diversion route details and guidance is as follows; exit at J13 and follow the route marked with a hollow yellow circle on local road signs. This will route traffic south on the A449 to Gailey and then east on the A5 to J12 of the M6.” Police, paramedics and firefighters are all at the scene – with Highways England saying the response is now being led by the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG).

A Highways spokesman added:  “Please remain in your vehicles whilst we try and get trapped traffic moving again.” A Staffordshire Police spokesman said:  “We are urging motorists to avoid the M6 to the south of Stafford following an incident earlier this afternoon.  “The southbound carriageway has been closed to the south of Stafford following an incident involving a lorry near junction 12 just after 1pm. 

“The southbound M6 is closed at junction 13, Stafford south, with traffic being diverted along the A449 Wolverhampton Road via Penkridge and onto the A5, before re-joining the M6 at junction 13.  “Traffic is slower, but moving, northbound.  “Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call 101 referring to incident 334 of 22 July.”

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Traffic was stopped at around 1.40pm today.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:  “We were called at 1.18pm to reports of a lorry RTC. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer are currently on the scene.” A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman added;  “A crew from Stafford are currently in attendance at this collision on M6 South between J13 and 12 and we would like to reiterate to drivers to avoid the area and follow the necessary diversions.”

We will bring you updates as we get them on the feed below.

Updates: M6 closed due to fatal accident in StaffordshireEmergency services at the scene on the M6  

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