UPDATED: Two lorry drivers die in motorway pile-up involving eight vehicles

The Westmorland Gazette: Police confirmed two HGV drivers died at the scene of the accident Police confirmed two HGV drivers died at the scene of the accident

TWO HGV drivers have died following a serious accident on the M6 just south of Kendal this morning.

The accident, which happened between junctions 35 and 36 northbound at around 8.10am, involved eight vehicles - five HGVs, two cars and a van.

Police confirmed the drivers - one in a SPAR rigid heavy goods vehicle which was towing another trailer, and one driving a blue flat lorry, died at the scene.

The second driver is believed to be from the Southport area.

All the casualties involved in the collision have been taken to hospital via land or air ambulance.

More than 20 emergency service vehicles remain at the scene.

The other vehicles involved included a dark coloured Peugeot 307 which was driven by a woman from Lancaster.

She was trapped between two HGVs and suffered serious injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening at this time.

The driver of a silver Renault Trafic van was taken to Preston Royal Infirmary by air ambulance.

A silver Volkswagen Golf also suffered damage from the debris of the collision but the driver was uninjured.

The northbound carriageway of the M6 remains closed while the scene is cleared.

Cumbria Constabulary’s roads policing unit and collision investigators are on scene and have launched an investigation.

A police spokesman said specially-trained family liaison officers had been appointed and were ensuring that family members are supported and kept fully informed.

There are extensive delays in the area which are likely to continue for the foreseeable future while the scene is cleared. The Highways Agency said the northbound carriageway between junctions 35 and 36, and the sliproad at junction 36 are unlikely to reopen before 5pm.

Drivers are asked to use alternative routes wherever possible.

University of Central Lancashire journalism tutor Clare Cook, who was travelling southbound to work in Preston at the time of the accident, described the scene.

"Around 9am two police cars and an accident investigation unit came past us on the southbound carriageway, so we knew something had happened," she said.

"We were then stopped for about 15 minutes just after Kendal. It was very distressing with so many crews - North West Air Ambulance and several ambulances were there.

"All of their equipment was just strewn across all three lanes. At least a dozen of the paramedics and firefighters were around the cabin of one of the lorries. It looked like several people had to be cut free from various different vehicles."

The southbound carriageway of the M6 was closed temporarily to allow for two air ambulances to land.

Police said traffic is now able to move slowly on the southbound carriageway in the area, but urged motorists to avoid the area or delay their journey.

There are reports of queuing traffic on the A6 through Beetham, Milnthorpe and Warton as traffic is diverted from the motorway.

A rolling road block has been implemented on the northbound carriageway of the M6 from J34.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said the northbound carriageway is likely to be closed for several hours for an accident investigation for vehicles to be removed.

"Drivers stuck between junction 35 and the incident are currently being turned around from the back of the queue and sent back down the carriageway towards junction 35.

"A diversion is in place from junction 35 with drivers being urged to follow the 'solid black triangle' - taking them via the A601(M) onto the northbound A6 through Milnthorpe and onto the eastbound A590 for junction 36.

"Traffic along the diversion route is likely to be very heavy and drivers may wish to avoid the area and seek an alternative route or delay their journeys."

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2:06pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Parkhousespaniels says...

I was at the crash site this morning and I just thought I would say that the emergency services were amazing. I unfortunately had a view of what was going on and saw how hard everyone tried to save lives. My thoughts are with the families of the two drivers that didn't make it and I hope the others in hospital make a speedy recovery.
I was at the crash site this morning and I just thought I would say that the emergency services were amazing. I unfortunately had a view of what was going on and saw how hard everyone tried to save lives. My thoughts are with the families of the two drivers that didn't make it and I hope the others in hospital make a speedy recovery. Parkhousespaniels
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2:16pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Lakeuk says...

Passed the location this morning around 8:20, thought with the families of those involved.

One lane coming of at Jnct 36 was closed for maintainace resulting in long queues to get off
Passed the location this morning around 8:20, thought with the families of those involved. One lane coming of at Jnct 36 was closed for maintainace resulting in long queues to get off Lakeuk
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2:37pm Mon 25 Feb 13

tictoc1 says...

I passed the scene this morning and have not managed to think of anything, other than those involved. Heart felt sympathies to all affected.
I passed the scene this morning and have not managed to think of anything, other than those involved. Heart felt sympathies to all affected. tictoc1
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2:47pm Mon 25 Feb 13

nixon1 says...

Why do we have a photo that clearly shows into the blue cabin of where one man died and another showing the cover over the other Spar cabin of where i assume the body still remains, hence the cover? Is this a little inconsiderate to the families or are we all okay with this as we get to have a nosey? Just wondering if im allowed to feel this is wrong.
Why do we have a photo that clearly shows into the blue cabin of where one man died and another showing the cover over the other Spar cabin of where i assume the body still remains, hence the cover? Is this a little inconsiderate to the families or are we all okay with this as we get to have a nosey? Just wondering if im allowed to feel this is wrong. nixon1
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3:05pm Mon 25 Feb 13

tictoc1 says...

Nixon1 I feel the same. I have written to the gazette asking for them to remove the picture but as of yet, I've not had a reply. I personally find it totally inconsiderate!
Nixon1 I feel the same. I have written to the gazette asking for them to remove the picture but as of yet, I've not had a reply. I personally find it totally inconsiderate! tictoc1
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4:03pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Footewalker says...

I drove southbound past the crash after being stationary for some time and like tictoc1 said it was quite shocking. What was more shocking was the cars parked on the bridge above to have a good look at the carnage, and the way drivers absolutely tanked it once past the crash. Do they never learn? I for one was too upset to do so and I was not alone in pulling off at the next services to pull myself together.
I drove southbound past the crash after being stationary for some time and like tictoc1 said it was quite shocking. What was more shocking was the cars parked on the bridge above to have a good look at the carnage, and the way drivers absolutely tanked it once past the crash. Do they never learn? I for one was too upset to do so and I was not alone in pulling off at the next services to pull myself together. Footewalker
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4:26pm Mon 25 Feb 13

zaney5 says...

nixon1 wrote:
Why do we have a photo that clearly shows into the blue cabin of where one man died and another showing the cover over the other Spar cabin of where i assume the body still remains, hence the cover? Is this a little inconsiderate to the families or are we all okay with this as we get to have a nosey? Just wondering if im allowed to feel this is wrong.
Because the press have to have their "sensationalist" photos. It's the internet equivalent of rubbernecking.
[quote][p][bold]nixon1[/bold] wrote: Why do we have a photo that clearly shows into the blue cabin of where one man died and another showing the cover over the other Spar cabin of where i assume the body still remains, hence the cover? Is this a little inconsiderate to the families or are we all okay with this as we get to have a nosey? Just wondering if im allowed to feel this is wrong.[/p][/quote]Because the press have to have their "sensationalist" photos. It's the internet equivalent of rubbernecking. zaney5
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6:13pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Lakesgirl81 says...

Having also passed the accident scene this morning I haven't thought about anything else since. I was disgusted to also see people pulling there cars over to have a look. Please, Westmorland Gazette remove the second photo as perviously asked.
Having also passed the accident scene this morning I haven't thought about anything else since. I was disgusted to also see people pulling there cars over to have a look. Please, Westmorland Gazette remove the second photo as perviously asked. Lakesgirl81
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10:11pm Mon 25 Feb 13

George3899 says...

nixon1 wrote:
Why do we have a photo that clearly shows into the blue cabin of where one man died and another showing the cover over the other Spar cabin of where i assume the body still remains, hence the cover? Is this a little inconsiderate to the families or are we all okay with this as we get to have a nosey? Just wondering if im allowed to feel this is wrong.
As someone whose eldest son was killed three and a half years ago in the village where I live, I have not driven or walked up the road where the incident happened since - the thought of seeing a photo of the emergency services at the scene dealing with my son would make me feel physically sick.
Thoughts and prayers with the family and friends of all involved, and thanks to the emergency services who do a brilliant job, despite the emotional cost of dealing with such tragedies xxx
[quote][p][bold]nixon1[/bold] wrote: Why do we have a photo that clearly shows into the blue cabin of where one man died and another showing the cover over the other Spar cabin of where i assume the body still remains, hence the cover? Is this a little inconsiderate to the families or are we all okay with this as we get to have a nosey? Just wondering if im allowed to feel this is wrong.[/p][/quote]As someone whose eldest son was killed three and a half years ago in the village where I live, I have not driven or walked up the road where the incident happened since - the thought of seeing a photo of the emergency services at the scene dealing with my son would make me feel physically sick. Thoughts and prayers with the family and friends of all involved, and thanks to the emergency services who do a brilliant job, despite the emotional cost of dealing with such tragedies xxx George3899
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10:08am Tue 26 Feb 13

life cycle too says...

zaney5 wrote:
nixon1 wrote:
Why do we have a photo that clearly shows into the blue cabin of where one man died and another showing the cover over the other Spar cabin of where i assume the body still remains, hence the cover? Is this a little inconsiderate to the families or are we all okay with this as we get to have a nosey? Just wondering if im allowed to feel this is wrong.
Because the press have to have their "sensationalist
" photos. It's the internet equivalent of rubbernecking.
An unfortunate side effect of modern technology, where they feel the need to be first with the news, or have the most up to date picture.
Quality suffers as a result, and it's not just the Gazette that are guilty - think back to the Grayrigg rail crash, when sightseers ended up blocking the narrow roads in that area.
The BBC were featuring an invitation at the bottom of their reports, to send in any pictures that viewers had taken!

This from todays BBC report on the balloon crash in Egypt:
►Are you in Luxor? Send us your comment using the form below.

If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please leave a telephone number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location◄
[quote][p][bold]zaney5[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nixon1[/bold] wrote: Why do we have a photo that clearly shows into the blue cabin of where one man died and another showing the cover over the other Spar cabin of where i assume the body still remains, hence the cover? Is this a little inconsiderate to the families or are we all okay with this as we get to have a nosey? Just wondering if im allowed to feel this is wrong.[/p][/quote]Because the press have to have their "sensationalist " photos. It's the internet equivalent of rubbernecking.[/p][/quote]An unfortunate side effect of modern technology, where they feel the need to be first with the news, or have the most up to date picture. Quality suffers as a result, and it's not just the Gazette that are guilty - think back to the Grayrigg rail crash, when sightseers ended up blocking the narrow roads in that area. The BBC were featuring an invitation at the bottom of their reports, to send in any pictures that viewers had taken! This from todays BBC report on the balloon crash in Egypt: ►Are you in Luxor? Send us your comment using the form below. If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please leave a telephone number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location◄ life cycle too
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8:44pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Closertoclouds_ says...

My dad was at this crash, as he works in the highways agency, and said that this was one of the worst crashes he'd seen in a while. Just goes to show how quickly life can be taken.
My dad was at this crash, as he works in the highways agency, and said that this was one of the worst crashes he'd seen in a while. Just goes to show how quickly life can be taken. Closertoclouds_
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10:03am Fri 1 Mar 13

life cycle too says...

Does anyone know yet how the incident was caused, and if steps have been taken to prevent a recurrence?
Does anyone know yet how the incident was caused, and if steps have been taken to prevent a recurrence? life cycle too
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