M6 stops after lorry overturns near Preston

The M6 northbound near Preston ground to a halt tonight after a lorry overturned.

Tuesday, 31st July 2018, 7:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st July 2018, 9:48 pm
The M6 near Preston. Picture: Stewart Lunt

The incident happened between junction 31a (Longridge) and junction 32 for Broughton.

North West Motorway Police tweeted: "We are taking reports of a RTC on the M6 NB J31a - J32.

"Patrols are making their way but at the moment traffic has come to a stop at J31A from CCTV.

The M6 near Preston. Picture: Stewart Lunt

"Pls consider alternative route if you are heading this way this evening and we will keep you updated."

The North West Air Ambulance was seen landing.

A lorry was believed to be on its side.

One motorist said: "People are out of their cars. It looks like we are to be here for a long time."

M6 northbound near Preston tonight

Traffic was backing up towards Leyland and Walton Summit.

And later police closed the southbound carriageway.

Lancashire police tweeted at around 6.30pm: "Following a serious RTC on the M6 northbound, the southbound carriageway will be closed temporarily from J32 whilst we deal with the incident."

The overturned lorry on the M6. Picture: Ashlea Maii