M6 closed in both directions over safety fears after HGV hits bridge

The M6 has closed in both directions over safety fears after a HGV collided with a bridge.

Thursday, 26th July 2018, 7:33 am
Updated Thursday, 26th July 2018, 2:27 pm
Damage to the bridge on the M6. Photo: North West Motorway Police

Earlier three lanes of the M6 southbound had been closed between J33 (Galgate) and J32 (Broughton), however, the motorway has now been closed in both directions after emergency services deemed the bridge unsafe.

A tweet from Highways England, said: "Due to the bridge being deemed as unsafe by the emergency services, the #M6 is CLOSED in BOTH DIRECTIONS between J33 - J32. Emergency services are on scene."

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Damage to the bridge on the M6. Photo: North West Motorway Police

A police spokesperson, said: "The southbound carriageway is closed between 33 and 32, it looks like the bridge is unsafe.

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"The road will be closed for some time."

The driver has been taken to the hospital.

Motorists are being warned to expect long delays.

Road users are asked to follow the "hollow diamond" diversion route: Exit the M6 at J33, at roundabout take the first exit to join the A6 towards Blackpool. Follow A6 until J1 of the M55. Take the M55 eastbound to rejoin the M6 at J32.