M6 Lane Closures Northbound, Staffordshire, Friday 25 August 2017

The M6 in Stafford­shire had 2 lanes closed on the north­bound car­riage­way between J15 and J16, due to a multi-vehicle col­li­sion involv­ing 2 vans and 2 heavy goods vehi­cles. Sub­se­quently one of the heavy goods vehi­cles shed its load across 2 lanes and spilt a large amount of diesel.

At approx­i­mately 14:11 Cen­tral Motor­way Police Group (CMPG) informed High­ways England’s West Mid­lands Regional Con­trol Cen­tre (WMRCC) of a multi vehi­cle
col­li­sion which was clos­ing 2 (of 3) lanes on the M6 north­bound between J15 and J16. At 14:15 WMRCC located the inci­dent on CCTV and instantly set lanes 1 and 2 clo­sure sig­nals on the Vari­able Mes­sage Signs (VMS).

M6 J15 - J16 CCTV

Once the safety crit­i­cal motor­way sig­nals were set WMRCC advised our National
Traf­fic Infor­ma­tion Cen­tre (NTIC) who began to set strate­gic VMS and start to con­sider pos­si­ble diver­sion routes. At 14:29 the National Inci­dent Liai­son Offi­cer tweeted the inci­dent to our West Mid­lands feed (@HighwaysWMIDS) to high­light the inci­dent on social media. CMPG and Stafford­shire Fire and Res­cue were con­firmed on scene at 14:30 where they were greeted by a seri­ous 4 vehi­cle col­li­sion with 1 of the dri­vers trapped in his vehicle.

M6 J15 PIB 1

Area 9 our con­trac­tors for the region had been briefed at 14:22 and advised to
pre­pare a recov­ery oper­a­tion as the inci­dent looked like it could be quite pro­tracted due to the size of the vehi­cles and the shed load of bot­tles across the car­riage­way. They made their way to scene at 14:40 closely fol­lowed by the first recov­ery company.

M6 J15 PIB 2

At 14:58 West Mid­lands Air Ambu­lance arrived on scene to attend to the injured dri­ver within 1 of the heavy goods vehi­cles who was deemed to have seri­ous but non-life threat­en­ing injuries. The male was removed from his vehi­cle and taken to hos­pi­tal at 15:47 allow­ing us to put together a plan with regards to recov­ery and car­riage­way clean-up. WMRCC made Stoke City Coun­cil aware of the inci­dent at 15:16 and to expect height­ened traf­fic vol­umes on more local roads.

At 15:24 addi­tional recov­ery units arrived on scene and with 2 lanes
remain­ing closed we mea­sured 9 miles of con­ges­tion on approach to the scene. With Air Ambu­lance now safely away from scene it was time for the shed load to be cleared and the remain­ing load to be made safe with 2 skip wag­ons requested to scene. Clean-up con­tin­ued for approx­i­mately 2 hours in order to allow the hydrob­laster to begin its work.

M6 J15 PIB 3

With the load moved into Lane 1 the hydrob­laster was able to begin at 17:46 clean­ing in lane 2, as not only was there a shed load in the car­riage­way but major­ity of the
bot­tles had leaked glu­cose which had mixed with oil and other liq­uids from the vehi­cles. Lane 2 was cleared of all spillages at 18:20 and promptly re-opened by Traf­fic Offi­cers at scene with sig­nals reset by WMRCC to a Lane 1 clo­sure. At this point our NTIC data was record­ing delays of 3 hours above usual pro­file jour­ney time how­ever with the addi­tional lane open delays began to reduce.

M6 J15 PIB 4

At 19:29 Recov­ery of all vehi­cles was com­plete which high­lighted fur­ther spillages on the car­riage­way so addi­tional spe­cial­ist clean-up mate­ri­als were requested which arrived at 19:51.Once the shed load was removed, vehi­cles recov­ered and lane 1 cleaned of all spillages we were then able to fully re-open the road at 20:56

High­ways Eng­land would like to thank our all of our cus­tomers who were affected by this inci­dent for their patience and under­stand­ing throughout.