LIVE: M6 closures for bridge repairs ‘to last for days’ after fatal crash

Lane closures will be in place on the M6 in Cheshire for a number of days as emergency repairs are made to a railway bridge following a fatal crash. Emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway between junction 18 for Holmes Chapel and 17 for Sandbach after a lorry struck the railway bridge at around 8am on Tuesday (September 7). A spokesperson for Cheshire Constabulary has confirmed that the driver of the HGV died at the scene.

They said: “At 8.07am on Tuesday September 7, police were called to reports of a serious collision on the northbound carriageway between junctions 17 (Sandbach) and 18 (Middlewich). “Officers attended the scene and found that a blue and white HGV had collided with a railway bridge. “Sadly the driver of the HGV, a man in his 60s, died at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed. There were no other vehicles involved in the incident.” The full road closure was removed shortly after 11pm on Tuesday but National Highways confirmed that lane closures will be in place for ‘the next few days’.

A spokesperson for Network Rail said there was no structural damage but urgent repairs were needed to the brickwork.

Officers are urging anyone who has information about the collision to call 101, or visit www.cheshire.police.uk/tua, quoting IML 1079063.

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