M6 Closure J2 - J1 Southbound, Warwickshire. Sunday 21 December 2014
The M6 in Warwickshire was closed southbound on the evening of Sunday 21 December 2014 between J2 (Coventry) and J1 (Rugby) due to an incident involving 2 cars. One of the cars left the carriageway resulting in two people becoming trapped, one with serious injuries. Due to the severity of the injuries Warwickshire Police carried out investigation into the incident requiring the carriageway to be closed for several hours with a diversion in place.
At around 19:00 our Traffic Officers arrived at the scene of the incident and requested the Ambulance and Fire services to attend to deal with extracting the trapped casualties and treating the injuries involved. Warwickshire Police were also in attendance at the scene. Our West Midlands Regional Control Centre operators set signs and signals to warn approaching traffic of lane closures due to the incident, while our National Traffic Operations Centre issued information to the travel news media and on twitter.
At approximately 19:45 the Police requested a full closure of the southbound carriageway so that full investigation of the circumstances of the incident could be carried out as one of the injuries had been identified as serious. Our Traffic Officers and contractors dealt with closing the southbound carriageway between J2 and J1 and put a diversion in place using a route pre-agreed and signed using a hollow triangle symbol on local road signs from the M6 J2 via the M69 northbound to J1, joining the A5 eastbound to follow this to join the A426 southbound and re-join the M6 at J1. Electronic Variable Message Signs were also activated further afield and further updates were issued to the media and twitter to give advance warning to traffic of the closure and provide diversion information.
Warwickshire Police finished their investigation at approximately midnight and recovery of the vehicles then began. Recovery was completed at 01:10. Once recovery was complete work began to make the nearside barrier safe following the damage done by the incident. The full carriageway closure was required to remain in place while this was carried out as the barrier at this location protects a bridge culvert and would not have been safe if another incident had occurred nearby. This work was completed and the carriageway re-opened at around 03:30.
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