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Friday, 25 July 2014

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M6 reopens after driver killed in crash near Carlisle

The driver of an articulated lorry has died after an horrific crash on the southbound M6.

M6 crash scene photo
The crash scene

Police confirmed today that only one of the motorway's lanes remained closed this afternoon as work to clear away the debris continued.

The collision involved two lorries and happened on the southbound carriageway, two miles beyond Southwaite services, at about 11.10pm last night.

One of the vehicles, an articulated lorry, overturned as a result of the collision.

This tractor unit, which was carrying sheep and cattle, came to rest in trees on the verge, trapping the driver and many of the animals following the crash.

The driver, a 42-year-old man from West Yorkshire, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said many of the livestock were saved thanks to the quick actions of emergency services, recovery teams and the assistance of a local livestock haulier.

He added: "However, sadly some had to be put down at the scene due to the injuries sustained."

The driver of the second lorry, a 34-year-old man, was uninjured.

The southbound carriageway was closed between junctions 42 and 41 for 12 hours, with all but one lane reopened by shortly after 11am. Normal traffic conditions are not expected to resume until 2pm.

Motorists were being diverted onto the A6, but there are roadworks and temporary traffic lights in place on this road and the additional traffic was causing long delays.

Police were advising people to avoid the area if at all possible.

Specialist crash investigators are looking into the cause of the crash, and are appealing for anyone who witnessed it to contact PC Andy Ivison on 101.

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