38 drivers ignore M6 lane closures as police deal with overturned truck

Several inconsiderate drivers have been caught travelling in closed smart motorway lanes as police dealt with an overturned lorry. Emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway of the M6 at junction 15, in Stoke-on-Trent, at around 4pm on Tuesday (June 21). Two lanes of the motorway were shut to allow the emergency teams to deal with the incident, with heavy traffic building in the area. But a total of 38 motorists ignored the smart signs warning them of the lane closures. They drove towards officers in the carriageway as a result.

A spokesman for the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) has confirmed those drivers can now expect a fine through the post. READ MORE: Dramatic footage of van driver crashing into National Highways vehicle to evade M6 closure CMPG tweeted: “Officers dealing with an RTC on the M6 at J15, whilst having to cone out to close a lane, a Red X was set in lanes 1-3, 38 vehicles drove through these Red X signs and drove towards officers in the carriageway.

Expect a letter in the post soon.” One lane of the M6 northbound and the entry slip roads at junction 15 remain closed for more than 24 hours following the overturned lorry after a spillage caused ‘substantial damage’ to the carriageway. It fully reopened at around 6pm yesterday (June 22).

Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service were sent to the scene. Staffordshire Police say they were called at 3.55pm on Tuesday while Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service sent crews from Newcastle and Hanley. A spokesman for the fire service said: “The driver, and the sole occupant of the lorry, was not injured.

The slip road was closed at 4.27pm due to fuel spillage from the lorry.

A lorry has overturned at the end of the entry slip road at junction 15 of the M6 NorthboundA lorry overturned at the end of the entry slip road at junction 15 of the M6 Northbound

“Crews used an environmental grab pack to stem the flow from the spillage.” A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 3.55pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving a lorry on junction 15, M6 North in Stoke-on-Trent. A paramedic officer and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

Shortly after our arrival, we were stood down as no patients required treatment.” In June 2019 there was a change in legislation which meant cameras can now automatically detect vehicles that ignore a Red X so the police can take enforcement action. It has been an offence for more than two decades to drive in a lane closed by a Red X and can result in a fixed penalty of up to GBP100 and three points or, in some cases, more severe penalties or a court appearance.

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