TRAFFIC chaos was bought to the M6 in Staffordshire this evening, Wednesday, when a major police incident closed both carriageways for a number of hours.
Officers from Staffordshire Police had stopped a vehicle on the M6 between Junctions 15 and 16 and a number of people have exited the back of the vehicle.
Police say that a man has been arrested at the scene and is currently in police custody.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service were also in attendance at the scene.
Police and partners assessed the welfare of the people who exited the vehicle and we will be liaising with their colleagues in Immigration Enforcement.
Police say that they recognise the disruption this caised to road users and we thank everyone for their co-operation.
The carriageway re-opened in both directions at around 9.30pm.
The timeline of the incident as we understand it:
Police announced that both the North and South carriageways were closed.
#TRAFFICALERT UPDATE: Both northbound and southbound carriageways of the M6 between J15 and J16 are completely closed due to an ongoing police incident. Please avoid the area pic.twitter.com/pC98WyKDsE
— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice) January 9, 2019
Police confirmed that there were a number of agencies working on the incident.
We currently have m6 j15 to j16 NB and SB closed due to a major incident. We are working with @HighwaysWMIDS @StaffsPolice @Trafficwmp @OFFICIALWMAS @StaffsFire. Please avoid the area and find alternative routes. Further updates will follow. Thanks for your patience. NJ
— CMPG (@CMPG) January 9, 2019
Highways England have confirmed that the motorway remains shut in both directions.
They have said: “Northbound and Southbound on the
#M6 at J15 and J16 are still currently closed due to the ongoing @CMPG incident. Further updates will follow. Long delays in the area. Please ensure you take an alternative route if possible.”
Statement from Staffordshire Police
Officers from Staffordshire Police have stopped a vehicle on the M6 between Junctions 15 and 16 this evening (9 January) and a number of people have exited the back of the vehicle.
A man has been arrested at the scene and is currently in police custody.
Colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service are also in attendance.
Police and partners are assessing the welfare of the people who exited the vehicle and we will be liaising with our colleagues in Immigration Enforcement.
The southbound carriageway is now open and the northbound carriageway remains closed for the time being. We recognise the disruption this is causing to road users and we thank everyone for their co-operation.
Both carriageway are to re-open ‘imminently’.
**UPDATE** – #M6 Northbound between J15 and J16 and Southbound between J16 and J14 will be re-opening imminently as the @CMPG incident has come to a resolution. We will provide a further update very shortly when both carriageways are running. Thank you for your patience. pic.twitter.com/a39NiMAevd
— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) January 9, 2019