1430: Lancashire Police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are still currently at the scene of the incident which involved a spillage of waste solvent from a tanker which has closed the M6 northbound between Junctions 29 and 31. (Southbound is open)
There is no immediate threat to members of the public, although a cordon is in place around the spillage while efforts are made to deal with it.
Police are working with the Highways Agency to put in place diversionary routes but we would advise motorists to avoid both the Northbound M6 and the diversionary routes if possible.
Junction 8 of the M61 is also closed to allow for diversions.
The diversionary routes are as follows:
• From the M6 at Junction 29 to the A6 London Road and onto the A59 Newhall Lane then onto the M6 at Samlesbury.
• From the M61 at Junction 8 to the A6 Northbound at Chorley then onto the A6 at Bamber Bridge and onto the A6 London Road at Preston and onto the A59 Newhall Lane and the M6 Northbound at Samlesbury.