Drivers escape injury in M6 crash

Date: Wednesday 6th March 2019

POLICE have confirmed there were no injuries in a crash that brought the M6 to a standstill just north of Penrith this morning.

The northbound carriageways were closed just north of the Junction 41 turnoff for Wigton by Catterlen as well as the slip-road on to the M6.

Due to a crash between a black Mercedes Vito van and a black Ford Focus at 7-44am the road was closed for more than an hour with police and ambulance crews at the scene.

One ambulance, a recovery vehicle and four police vehicles including an unmarked car were at the scene while congestion built up back to just north of Junction 40.

The damaged vehicles were moved on to the hard shoulder before the motorway was reopened.

Heavy rain and surface water caused problems across the M6 in the morning.

Traffic England confirmed an incident between Shap (Junction 39) and Tebay (Junction 38) led to the northbound carriageway having a rolling police-monitored road block with two lanes closed for a brief period just after 8am.

There were also two crashes on the A66 west of Cockermouth.