FIVE people including three children died in an horrific crash late last night on the M6 motorway near Sandbach.
A 46-year-old lorry driver, believed to be Spanish or Portuguese, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, say police.
The crash happened on the northbound carriageway between Junction 16 at Barthomley and Junction 17 at Sandbach, at 10.40pm.
The car in which the five people died caught fire after the crash impact and has been extensively damaged
Supt Ged Manley said: “At this stage, because of the condition of the vehicle, it is extremely difficult to identify the bodies inside.”
Police report the crash appeared to have happened in heavy, slow-moving traffic caused by an earlier accident in which a motorist reported to be from Cheshire and driving a white van, had died. That crash was between Junction 17 at Sandbach and Junction 18 at Holmes Chapel.
The northbound section of the M6 between Junctions 16 and 16 has been closed while the carriageway is resurfaced with the southbound carriageway also closed south of Junction 15 following another crash, believed to have involved a heavy goods vehicle.
Drivers are being advised to expect delays and take alternative routes.