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Driver crashed then climbed over M6 central reservation and was hit by van

By Jack Averty | Stafford | Transport | Published:

The M6 was closed for 11 hours after a man was hit by a van while trying to flag down passing drivers having already crashed his car, police have revealed.

Police were called to the M6 southbound between junctions 13 and 14 near Stafford after a Ford Mondeo hit the central reservation at around 11.20pm on Sunday.

The 32-year-old Mondeo driver then left the car and tried to flag down a number of passing vehicles before getting over the central reservation and onto the northbound carriageway, where he was then struck by a Mercedes box van and suffered head and arm injuries.

He was rushed to Royal Stoke University Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The severity of the incident led to the motorway around the Stafford junctions being closed from 11.20pm on Sunday until 10.20am yesterday.

Part of the M6 motorway cordoned off by highways officials after the overnight crash. Picture: Highways England

Sergeant Richard Moors, from Staffordshire Police, said: "The collision involved a number of scenes over a mile distance and officers from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit undertook a detailed examination.

"Attempts were made to turn vehicles around on the southbound carriageway to release trapped vehicles, but with a number of large goods vehicles in the backlog this was a difficult task.

"I would like to thank motorists caught in the post-collision traffic for their patience whilst officers carried out their work.

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"The investigation remains ongoing and we are keen to speak to any witnesses who saw either of the collisions on the southbound or northbound carriageway.

"I am particularly interested in any witnesses who have dash cam footage from either carriageway."

Any witnesses are asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 801 of February 25.

Jack Averty

By Jack Averty
Senior Reporter - @javerty_star

Reporter with the Express & Star, based at head office in Wolverhampton

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