M6 crash – Firefighters cut door off car to rescue passenger

A large emergency service presence was called to the M6 this morning (January 18) following reports of a crash. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service sent two engines to the scene, between junctions 16 and 17 on the northbound carriageway, shortly before 7am. The crews, one from Crewe and another from Alsager, found a minibus and a car had been involved in the crash.

Firefighters used extrication equipment to remove a door of the car before releasing a passenger, who was then handed into the care of paramedics. Police, ambulance and National Highways officers were also in attendance and have been contacted for further information. Two lanes of the M6 northbound were closed for three hours while the emergency services dealt with the incident.

However, all lanes are now back open and traffic has returned to normal. A National Highways spokesperson said: “We can confirm that three cars were involved in a collision on the M6 Northbound between Junction 16 (Barthomley) and Junction 17 (Sandbach). “The incident was reported to us at 6.45am and emergency services attended.

“Lanes one and two were closed while recovery of the vehicles took place and to make the road surface safe.

“A gritter attended to deal with a water spill resulting from the collision which had frozen over.

“All lanes were reopened at 9.47am.”