M6 re-opens after south-bound closure

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Police and highways officers have re-opened the M6 after the motorway was closed this morning following an accident.

The closure - which followed an incident in which two trailers carrying frozen goods overturned between junction 18 at Holmes Chapel and junction 17 at Sandback in the early hours of Thursday morning - caused hold-ups for commuters travelling out of St Helens.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: “The southbound carriageway was fully closed for some five hours following the incident but a lane reopened at 7.30am and full recovery of the lorry cab and trailers as well as a clean-up operation were completed just after 9am allowing all three lanes to reopen.

“A separate incident on the northbound M6 in Staffordshire, between junction 15 and junction 16 near Stoke, was largely cleared earlier although 1 lane remains closed at the scene for recovery of a burnt-out vehicle.

“Drivers should check travel conditions before setting out on journeys. Highways England provides live traffic information via its website www.trafficengland.com, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile apps. Information is also available from Twitter via @highwaysNWEST as well as services in other regions.”