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Friday, 28 August 2015

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HGV driver dies in M6 slip road crash

A HGV driver has died in a crash that closed a motorway junction near Carlisle.

The accident happened at about 7am between the junction 42 slip road off the M6 and Newbiggin Road, Dalston.

The driver - who police believe is in his 40s and from the Carmarthenshire area of Wales - died at the scene.

There were ongoing delays in the area throughout the day.

The HGV was carrying substantial sides of beef which were difficult to manoeuvre and recover due to their size and weight, said police.

"The complicated recovery process is ongoing and police would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding," added a force statement this afternoon.

Junction 42’s roundabout was partially closed all day.

Traffic diversions were in place. Vehicles travelling north on the motorway were told to use junction 43; traffic going south on the M6 was instructed to use J43 or J41.

Shortly after 8pm, the Newbiggin M6 exit slip was reopened. However, the exit from the roundabout onto Newbiggin road is still closed for repairs.


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