Child airlifted to hospital after M6 smash

The scene of the accident on the southbound carriageway of the M6 near the bridge over Spring Road, Orrell, in which a Renault car overturned
The scene of the accident on the southbound carriageway of the M6 near the bridge over Spring Road, Orrell, in which a Renault car overturned
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A CHILD was airlifted to hospital following an accident on the M6 near Wigan on Sunday afternoon.

The six-year-old suffered leg injuries after a black Renault Clio rolled and ended up on its roof on the southbound carriageway.

The incident happened between junctions 27 and 26, near the bridge crossing Spring Road in Kitt Green, at around 1.30pm.

The child was flown to hospital by a North West Air Ambulance helicopter.

Officers from the North West Motorway Police Group and Merseyside Police attended the scene and closed the motorway in both directions, although the northbound carriageway was quickly re-opened.

The southbound carriageway was totally closed at around 4.30pm as crash investigators looked into the incident.

The incident caused serious disruption on Wigan’s road network as cars were forced to leave the motorway at Standish and travel through the town to the junction at Orrell, with large queues and slow-moving traffic being reported through Shevington and Gathurst.

The cause of the crash is as yet unknown. No other vehicles were involved.