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M6 reopens after traffic gincident

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The M6 has reopened after a lorry carrying 32,000 litres of gin was involved in a crash and began to leak its contents onto the carriageway, according to BBC News.

The motorway was shut between junction 19 at Knutsford and junction 20 at Lymm following a collision between two HGV’s at about 5:30pm on Wednesday.

Emergency services worked overnight to stop the gin from igniting and the carriageway was reopened at about 4:30am.

Many motorists were stationary for about four hours as police turned people around on the northbound carriageway.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said it “worked hard totem the leak” from one of the tankers carrying the concentrated gin to a replacement tanker.

It also said that crews were coating the split alcohol in foam to prevent it from igniting.

One of those caught in the tailback, Rachel Sergeant, said she had been caught up in a two hour delay by 8pm.

She tweeted that she was sitting “200yds away from 32,000 litres of split gin” and she joked that it was “heartbreaking she didn’t have a straw”.

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