M6 to reopen after lorry crash caused hours delay

The vehicle collided with a bridge between Crewe and Sandbach.

The lorry spilled its load and the road engineers had to assess the damage[1] to the bridge.

Diversions were put in place and queues of up to three miles were reported.

The Bolton News: The lorry has spilt its load

A spokesman for North West Motorway Police said earlier today: "The closure on the M6 Between J17 - J16 is likely to be in place for the rest of the morning to allow for recovery, clean up and structural engineers to assess the damage to the bridge."

"There is a queue of more than four miles going towards where the crash[2] took place."

The Bolton News: The lorry has crashed into a bridge

However the North West Motorway Police has confirmed the road is about to reopen.

#M6 J17-J16 is now ready to be re-opened. The entry slip at J17 is open and the main c/way closure is in the process of being lifted now. Thank you for your patience. pic.twitter.com/sTXamsGJKb[6][7]

— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) January 6, 2024[8]


  1. ^ damage (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  2. ^ crash (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  3. ^ M6 closes after lorry crash (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  4. ^ Emergency services called to Deane Road crash (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  5. ^ Danger driver caused crash on Manchester Road (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  6. ^ #M6 (twitter.com)
  7. ^ pic.twitter.com/sTXamsGJKb (t.co)
  8. ^ January 6, 2024 (twitter.com)