Dramatic photos show overturned lorry amid closure on M6

These dramatic pictures show a lorry overturned the M6 motorway this morning.

The HGV ‘overturned and came to rest on the central reservation barrier’ on the northbound side of the motorway between junction 39 and 40 in Cumbria earlier today, National Highways said. Emergency crews rushed to the scene.

The northbound side of the M6 is now fully closed, while one lane also shut on the southbound carriageway between Shap and Penrith. After the lorry overturned, mud has spread across the carriageway.

There was also a fuel spillage which will need clearing up. Barrier repairs will also be needed on the motorway.

A diversion route has been put in place while the closure remains. There are long delays and queues building up to the closure.

A statement on the National Highways website said: “The M6 in Cumbria is closed northbound between J39 (Shap) and J40 (Penrith) due to a collision involving a heavy goods vehicle that has overturned and has come to rest on the central reservation barrier. This has resulted in mud being spread across the carriageway, along with a fuel spillage.

A stretch of the motorway is shut
A stretch of the motorway is shut

“Lane 3 (of 3) is also closed on the southbound carriageway between J40 and J39. Emergency services are in attendance.

“When the emergency services have finished working, recovery, clean up and barrier repairs will be required. Along with this collision, there is another collision which happened earlier on this morning on the M6 at J39, this also involved a heavy goods vehicle.

“The vehicle crossed over from the northbound carriageway onto the southbound and came to rest on the northbound entry slip road at J39. There are delays on approach to J39, please allow extra time for your journey.”

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