THE M6 near Carlisle has closed in both directions between junctions 43 and 44 following a 'serious' crash.

Cumbria Police have confirmed that officers are dealing with a 'major incident' on the motorway, but declined to provide any further details.

Drivers heading north and south have been urged to take an alternative route while emergency services deal with the incident.

A spokesman from Highways England said the crash happened at about 2.10pm.

Police, fire crews, and the North West Ambulance Service are all on the scene.

No further details have been released about the number of the vehicles involved, nor the extent of the damage.

The News & Star has contacted Cumbria Police to obtain further information about the developing incident.