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Lorry hits bridge closing M6 to north of Preston

Posted on - 26th July, 2018 - 7:51am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Fulwood, Preston News, Roads, Transport
The scene on the M6 where the lorry has struck a bridge Pic: North West Motorway Police
The scene on the M6 where the lorry has struck a bridge Pic: North West Motorway Police

Long delays are expected for anyone heading in and out of Preston.

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All lanes have been closed on the M6 between Junction 33 (Lancaster South) and Junction 32 (Broughton) in BOTH directions.

Update: M6 to remain closed overnight on Thursday and into Friday

Highways England say a lorry has struck a bridge during a crash – making the bridge unsafe. The driver was treated for minor injuries.

Initially two lanes were closed southbound following the incident around 7am on Thursday (26 July).

Read more: Work begins on Broughton roadworks

The motorway is not expected to reopen until late on Thursday evening or potentially into Friday (27 July) morning according to police.

A bridge inspector remains on scene as well as contractors as they work to repair the bridge.

On the M6 northbound there’s delays of one and a half hours back to Junction 29 and also back onto the M61 northbound at Junction 9 where it joins the M6.

On the M6 southbound there’s delays from Junction 34 south.

Read more: Police taking water to motorists stuck on the M6

The A6 through Broughton is extremely busy and a lot of the roads through Preston are also gridlocked as drivers seek alternative routes.

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