Collision involving pedestrian and vehicle closes M6 northbound between Preston and Lancaster

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Motorists were urged to avoid the area.

A collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle closed the M6 northbound near Preston.

The northbound carriageway was closed near junction 32 (Broughton) and the entry slip road for the M55 at around 3.30pm on Tuesday.

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Officers later confirmed they were called to “reports of a collision between a pedestrian and a vehicle”.

Heavy traffic was building on the M6 following a collision involving a pedestrian near Preston (Credit: National Highways)Heavy traffic was building on the M6 following a collision involving a pedestrian near Preston (Credit: National Highways)
Heavy traffic was building on the M6 following a collision involving a pedestrian near Preston (Credit: National Highways) | National Highways

“The carriageway is currently closed,” a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

“We'd ask you to avoid the area, and will bring you an update when we are able.”

National Highways said the motorway was “expected to remain closed for a number of hours” due to the nature of the incident.

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A diversion route was subsequently put in place to help ease traffic and divert motorists away from the scene.

Motorists were urged to plan ahead and delay their journeys if possible.

Heavy congestion was building on the A6 which runs along the northbound carriageway as drivers used alternative routes.

A crash was also reported near the Shell petrol station on Garstang Road, resulting in further delays.

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Congestion on the M6 northbound near junction 31A/ Haighton Interchange (Credit: National Highways)Congestion on the M6 northbound near junction 31A/ Haighton Interchange (Credit: National Highways)
Congestion on the M6 northbound near junction 31A/ Haighton Interchange (Credit: National Highways) | National Highways

North West Ambulance Service have been approached for more information.

Diversion Route

Road users are advised to follow the hollow circle diversion symbol on road signs:

  • Exit M6 J32 onto M55
  • Follow M55 to J1
  • Exit the M55 at J1 and take the third exit on to the A6
  • Follow the A6 through Broughton, Barton, Bilsborrow and Garstang 
  • Rejoin the M6 at J33

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