Police investigate M6 scene of devastation as five trucks crash

Police are investigating a crash involving five trucks on the M6 which sparked a day of gridlock. Officers, paramedics and firefighters were called out to the northbound carriageway where four lorries and a tanker had collided.

National Highways was forced to shut three lanes and later carry out emergency repairs. During the height of yesterday's incident, officials urged motorists to simply stay away from the northbound stretch where drivers had found themselves in three hours of queues.

The smash took place at around 4am between Junction 18 for Middlewich and Holmes Chapel and junction 19 for Knutsford with one trucker being taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital with 'serious injuries'. Contractors had been brought in to deal with a spillage on the carriageway before highways chiefs confirmed that emergency repairs were needed due to the damage caused.

Lane closures were eventually lifted at around 1.30am today - around 21 hours after the crash occurred.

Cheshire Police have released photographs of the scene to highlight to drivers just what they were dealing with which showed one truck seriously damaged - with a shed load.

Cheshire Police has confirmed the crash is being investigated. Meanwhile there has been no update on the casualty.

Witnesses should call the constabulary on 101.

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