A “major incident” shut down the M6 in both directions near Stoke-on-Trent on Wednesday evening. Both northbound and southbound carriages of the M6 between junction 15 and junction 16 were closed because of the “ongoing police incident.” Staffordshire Police confirmed the southbound carriageway reopened at 7.30pm, but the northbound carriageway remains closed.
Eyewitnesses said police have been pulling over lorries on the motorway as there have been reports “about concerns for the welfare of people travelling on the motorway.”
Staffordshire Police said they pulled over a vehicle on the M6, and a “number of people exited the back of the vehicle”.
A heavy emergency services presence, including police helicopters have been reported at the scene.
Motorists have reported being stuck on the motorway for hours, including football fans heading to the Burton Albion vs Manchester City game tonight.
Paul Haines wrote on Twitter: “Been stuck on #M6 northbound for two hours. This is ridiculous. Helicopters, police all for an ‘incident, Gonna be the longest journey to Wigan ever.”
The tailbacks on the M6 is leading to congestion on other nearby roads, including the A500.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Officers from Staffordshire Police have stopped a vehicle on the M6 between Junctions 15 and 16 this evening (9 January) and a number of people have exited the back of the vehicle.
“A man has been arrested at the scene and is currently in police custody.