Biker dies in M6 crash which closed motorway for four hours

A biker has died in a crash on the M6. The 65-year-old man, who was from Wiltshire, was confirmed dead at the scene near Keele Services in Staffordshire. Police were called to the area just after noon today, Monday, September 5, alongside an air ambulance from Cosford in Shropshire.

But nothing could be done to save the man and he was pronounced dead. The collision involved a red motorcycle and a white Peugeot 208 between junctions 15 for Stoke-on-Trent South and 16 for Stoke-on-Trent North. Motorists faced delays of two-hours as emergency crews worked at the scene, StokeonTrentLive reports.

READ MORE: Train sex attack on woman travelling from New Street to Wolverhampton And now officers from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) appealed for witnesses to the fatal smash. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "Police were called at 12.20pm this afternoon to reports of a collision on the northbound carriageway of the M6 near Keele Services, between junctions 15 and 16.

"Paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance attended, as well as an air ambulance. Sadly, despite the best efforts of medical staff, the motorcyclist, a 65-year-old man from the Wiltshire area, was pronounced dead at the scene. "Specialist officers are supporting the man's family at this difficult time.

Witnesses who may have seen the vehicles before the collision or anyone with relevant dashcam footage are urged to get in touch." An update on traffic monitoring site Inrix said: "All lanes reopened just before 4.30 after a closure of about four hours. A breakdown has been reported in the queues."

A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service added: "We were called at 12.07pm to reports of an collision involving a car and motorbike between junctions 15 and 16 of the M6 northbound. We sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance critical care car to the scene." Anyone with information is asked to get in touch with Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 260 of September 5.

Alternatively, email the team direct at [email protected]