M6 crash lorry driver rushed to hospital with 'serious injuries' after plunge into embankment
Written by The Newsroom on June 14, 2019
A lorry driver was taken to hospital with ‘potentially serious injuries’ after today’s M6 accident , it has been confirmed.
The driver was trapped in his cab for around 1 hour and 45 minutes before firefighters cut him free.
The collision is understood to involve two cars and a lorry , with the HGV leaving the motorway and going down an embankment.
The accident shut the carriageway completely from around 6.40am – with one lane reopening shortly before 10am.
Two lanes remain closed while recovery work takes place.
Traffic England confirmed that there is an ‘accident involving a vehicle that has left the carriageway’.
Highways England have confirmed emergency services are at the scene of the accident – which was first reported shortly after 6am today, and that the motorway is shut.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who was the lorry driver.
“He was trapped inside the cab of his lorry as a result of the damage caused in the incident.
“Ambulance staff assessed the man and continually monitored him whilst working closely with the fire service to free him.
“He was able to walk out of his cab himself, before receiving treatment for potentially serious injuries and being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.”
A Highways England spokesman said: “The M6 has severe delays of at least 90 minutes between J12 (Cannock) and J13 (Stafford) due to an earlier HGV collision incident between Junction 13 (Stafford) and Junction 14 (Stafford/Stone). The carriageway was closed earlier this morning however a lane re-opened at 09:45 this morning. Presently, lanes 1 & 2 (of 3) remain closed for the HGV recovery operation.
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“Road users intending on using this section of road are advised to allow plenty of extra time for their journey and to consider alternative routes (if possible). Strategic traffic heading to the North West from A14 and M1 routes are advised to consider the M1 northbound and A50 westbound as an alternative route.”
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