M6 Closure J13-J12 Southbound , Staffordshire. Monday 02 March 2015
The M6 was closed southbound on Monday 2 March 2015 between junctions 13 and 12 in Staffordshire due to separate accidents within our roadworks involving 2 Heavy Goods Vehicles. This resulted in a large diesel spill on the carriageway.
At around 23:15 a Heavy Goods Vehicle suffered a tyre blow-out which resulted in a further incident involving a second Heavy Goods Vehicle and a car. Both of the Heavy Goods Vehicles suffered fuel tank ruptures as a result of the collisions and this subsequently led to both HGV’s spilling in excess of 800 litres of diesel onto the carriageway road surface. Our Highways Agency Traffic Officers in partnership with Central Motorway Police Group, remained at the scene while dedicated clean up crews were dispatched to assess the spillage and carry out recovery work.
Due to the significant amount of diesel on the carriageway, specialist Hydro-Blast equipment (above) was dispatched to treat the spillage. Our crews worked hard throughout the night and in to the early Tuesday morning rush hour to restore the road to full capacity and make the road safe to use once more. During the closure strategic diversions were put in place for road users. At approx 07:00 our Highways Agency Traffic Officers halted the traffic so that they could safely remove the closure and re-open the carriageway. The accident and clean up operations impacted upon traffic to the extent that congestion extended back to J14 at the time of reopening the carriageway with approximately 7 miles of queuing traffic.
Throughout the incident we endeavoured to keep motorists updated and used our breaking news website and Twitter feeds to disseminate information as it developed.
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