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M6 shut for three hours after man dies near Stafford

By Harry Leather | Stafford | Transport | Published:

A man has died after being involved in a collision with a lorry on the M6 this afternoon.

Traffic waits behind the crash on the M6 near Stafford. Photo: Christopher Smith

The southbound motorway was closed near Stafford for more than three hours after the incident happened at around 12.30pm.

There were lengthy delays back to Junction 16 for Crewe as a result.

Paramedics and an air ambulance were sent to the scene between junctions 14 and 13 but the man, who is believed to have been a pedestrian, was pronounced dead at around 1pm.

Traffic caught in the closed stretch of the road was stuck for around an hour-and-a-half and some drivers queued to buy refreshments from an ice cream van as they waited.

Motorists caught behind the crash waited around an hour and a half to be allowed past the scene. Photo: Tom Williams

The stranded motorists were allowed past the scene at around 2pm but other drivers were diverted off at Junction 14 until the road reopened at around 4pm.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman urged anyone with dashcam footage to get in touch and said: "A road traffic collision on the M6 southbound between junctions 14 and 13 this afternoon has resulted in a man dying.

"A collision occurred between a lorry and a man on the M6 at around 12:30pm today.

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"Colleagues from the Central Motorway Police Group and the Collision Investigation Unit, alongside the West Midlands Ambulance Service, attended and unfortunately a man was pronounced dead at around 1pm. "

The man's identity is not yet known.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage of the incident is urged to contact 101 quoting incident number 426 of 15 July.

Harry Leather

By Harry Leather
Digital Journalist - @hleather_star

Digital journalist covering breaking news across the region from the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton.

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