Hours of queues after man dies in M6 pile-up
A MOTORIST was killed and two others were left fighting for their lives after a nine-vehicle M6 pile-up sparked traffic chaos.
The closure of the M6 between junctions 16 and 18 brought gridlock and miles of queues on diversion routes.
The A34 and A50 through Newcastle and South Cheshire were particularly affected by the closure.
Four services run by First Bus were also severely affected by the delays.
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First Bus spokesman Ady Culpin said: "We experienced severe disruption which affected the 20 and 20A services around Newcastle.
"Those services were running up to 40 minutes out of timetable times and it also affected the 34/34A services which go through Hanley. We were hoping that it should rectify itself by the end of the night."
Motorists were being directed along the A34, A50, A534 and A500 following the crash on the southbound carriageway just before junction 16 Barthomley at 11.20am yesterday.
Motorist Zowie Ryder, aged 25, of Crewe, who was travelling to work in Worcestershire, said: "I didn't know what had happened until I actually got on to the motorway. It was chaos. It made me very late for work."
Pamela Davies, aged 52, of Alsager, who was travelling through South Cheshire on the A34, said: "The roads were barely moving. There was about seven miles of nose-to-tail traffic."
Colin Humphreys, aged 69, of Alsager, whose Hazel Grove home backs on to the A5011, said: "A lot of the traffic uses this road as a diversion. It has been complete chaos."
Five cars, two lorries and two vans were involved in yesterday's crash.
Cheshire Police were today expected to name the man killed in the crash.
Two casualties were last night being treated at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for life-threatening injuries, with another person seriously hurt. Seven others suffered minor injuries.
Crewe fire station manager Paul Binyon said: "We found five people trapped in vehicles and one person who was confirmed dead at the scene. We had to cut the five people out of their vehicles."
Around four miles of traffic backing towards Sandbach Services was kept on the southbound carriageway for seven hours before the first vehicles were allowed past the scene.
The southbound carriageway last night remained closed between the two junctions while highways officers started to remove the damaged vehicles. Police were stationed at junction 17 Sandbach to stop motorists turning on to the motorway.
Stoke City star Michael Owen, who was returning home following the players' Christmas visit to the University Hospital, tweeted: "Been to visit some sick kids in Stoke and as I'm heading home just witnessed an horrific fatal accident on the M6."