Cheshire Police remains at the scene of a serious collision involving nine vehicles on the south bound carriageway of the M6 this afternoon.
Emergency services were called to the collision at 11.23am today (Monday 10 December 2012).
The collision involves two vans, two HGVs and five cars. Seven people received minor injuries, three received serious injuries, two of which (a man and woman) are life threatening, and sadly one person - a man - has died. All the casualties have been taken to hospital, two by air ambulance.
The southbound carriageway remains closed between junction 16 and 18. A diversion is in place from junction 18 − although traffic along this route is heavy and is likely to remain so until the carriageway has reopened.
The incident has also affected roads surrounding the area of the motorway − in particular the A54 and the A50. Drivers are strongly advised to avoid the area and seek an alternative route where possible.
Highways Agency Traffic Officers and Cheshire Police have been working to free drivers stuck behind the collision at junction 16 of the southbound M6.
Traffic is being turned around in the carriageway and being released via Sandbach Services and junction 17 but due to the volume of traffic this is taking some time.
Anyone stuck on the carriageway - or any of the adjoining roads - with urgent concerns about their or someone else′s welfare should ring 999 for emergency help.
DCI Brian Roberts said: "We are working closely alongside the Highways Agency and are doing all we can to clear the backlog of traffic and to minimise the disruption that has been caused to the motorway network - and adjoining roads.
"We would like to thank motorists for their continued patience and would like to reassure them that we are doing everything we can to ensure that the carriageway is cleared as soon as possible."
Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 338 of 10 December.