M6 remains closed near Rugby after fatal collision

The accident occurred between junction one for Rugby and two for Coventry.
The accident occurred between junction one for Rugby and two for Coventry.

There are severe delays on the M6 southbound this morning (Tuesday) following a fatal collision.

It occurred between junction two for Coventry and junction one for Rugby and has resulted in the road being closed - with motorists saying that tailbacks are stretching back as far as Corley.

A Warwickshire Police spokesperson said: “The collision happened just before 5am and involved a white Mercedes Sprinter Van and a blue Mercedes Box Van.

“The driver and only occupant of the Sprinter van, a man in his 60s had died at the scene. The driver of the Mercedes Box Van was not injured.

“Officers investigating the incident would like to hear from anyone who witnessed it or saw either of the vehicles, and the manner in which they were being driven, before the collision occurred.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman added: “The emergency services arrived to find a serious RTC involving a van and a lorry. Upon assessment by ambulance staff the van driver, a man, was found to be in cardiac arrest. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

Traffic from the M6 is currently being diverted onto the M69 and the A5, resulting in heavy traffic along this route. Drivers are being asked to find alternative routes where possible.

Anyone with information about the M6 collision is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident 43 of October 4.