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M6 shut for nine hours as man dies after being hit by lorry near Stafford

By Liam Keen | Stafford | Transport | Published: | Last Updated:

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the crash, which shut the motorway throughout the morning.

Highways workers clearing the motorway in the aftermath of the crash

A man has died after being hit by a lorry on the M6 near Stafford.

The motorway was closed southbound between junctions 13 and 14 for around nine hours as a result but is now back open.

Police also closed a bridge over the motorway south of Stafford at Ash Flats Lane.

The man, a 30-year-old pedestrian, died after being hit by a lorry south of Stafford at around 3am, Staffordshire Police said.

Lorries wait to pass the crash scene near Stafford

Collision investigators have now finished examining the scene and have appealed for any witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage to come forward.

The man's next of kin have been informed.

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There were heavy delays on the A34, A449 and surrounding roads as traffic was diverted through Stafford. The northbound carriageway stayed open as normal.

All lanes of the motorway were back open shortly after midday once the investigation was finished and the road had been cleared.

Meanwhile some drivers were stranded in their vehicles between the Junction 14 exit and the crash scene until they were allowed to turn around or pass the collision site up to eight hours later.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man who had suffered serious injuries in the collision.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry driver, a man, was assessed and treated for minor injuries before being discharged at the scene.”

The southbound carriageway was shut for around nine hours

A Staffordshire Police spokesman added: "Staffordshire Police is appealing for information after a man died following a fatal road traffic collision on the M6 southbound.

"At just after 3am this morning police were called to reports of a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian on the M6 Southbound between just before Junction 13.

"Emergency services have attended and sadly a 30-year-old man has died at the scene. Next of kin have been informed and specialist officers are supporting the man's family.

Traffic queuing on the M6 between Stafford and Stoke. Photo: Highways England

"Officers from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses or anyone with relevant dash-cam footage to contact 101, quoting incident 52 of 14 February."

Meanwhile police, paramedics and firefighters were also at the scene of a crash between a lorry and a car on the M54 eastbound.

And four people were taken to hospital after a car hit pedestrians when a driver suffered a medical episode at the wheel during the school run in Burntwood.

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319688.

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