M6 Closed following collision near Knutsford Date published: 4th September 2019 8.22pm

The M6 in Cheshire remains closed at the current time following a multi-vehicle collision near Knutsford.

The incident, which involves two HGVs, occurred shortly before 5.30pm today, Wednesday 4 September, on the northbound carriageway.

One of vehicles involved is a tanker which is carrying approximately 32,000 litres of concentrated gin, which is leaking onto the carriageway.

Due to the flammability of the alcohol a decision was taken to close the motorway in both directions between junctions 19 and 20.

A 300 metre cordon has also been put in place as a precautionary measure and a number of motorists who were stuck in the trapped traffic have been evacuated from their vehicles.

Firefighters are currently working at the scene to stem the source of the leak, they are also coating the spilt alcohol with foam to prevent it from igniting.

Crews are also working to contain the leaked fluid on the carriageway in order for it to be pumped into a replacement tanker.

Emergency services are working hard to deal with the incident a quickly as possible, although there is currently no estimated time for when the road will reopen.

Local diversions are in place, although motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

There are no reports of any injuries as a result of the collision.