M6 in Cumbria closed by two-death crash

Two people have been killed and a number of others injured in a collision on the M6 in south Cumbria.

A total of eight vehicles including lorries and cars were involved in the crash north of Burton-in-Kendal at about 08:15 GMT.

The northbound carriageway remains closed between junctions 35 and 36, with diversions in place.

Those who died were a lorry driver from the Southport area and the driver of a heavy goods vehicle towing a trailer.

A woman from Lancaster was injured when her Peugeot 307 was trapped between two heavy goods vehicles, and the male driver of a Renault was airlifted to Preston Royal Infirmary.

'Extensive delays'

Neither are thought to be suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Cumbria Police spokesman said: "Police would like to thank motorists for their patience so far.

"There are extensive delays in the area and these are likely to continue for the foreseeable future while the scene is cleared.

"Drivers are asked to use alternative routes wherever possible."

The official diversion is via the A601(M) on to the northbound A6 through Milnthorpe and then the eastbound A590 for junction 36.

However, the Highways Agency has warned drivers of high, curtain-sided lorries and any other vehicle over 16 feet in height that the route is unsuitable for them.

They are being advised that they should instead use the A6070 through Burton-in-Kendal up to the A65, rejoining the motorway at junction 36.

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