Over 32,000 litres of gin spills on M6 as motorway closes causing traffic chaos
A key motorway ground to a halt after tens of thousands of litres of gin sloshed onto the tarmac.
Both carriageways of the M6 came to a complete standstill early on Wednesday evening.
Unbeknown to the frustrated motorists eager to get home, the road surface was rapidly becoming covered in booze.
A lorry and a liquid transport tanker had collided at around 5.30pm causing 32,000 litres of the alcohol to spill out onto the road below.
Highways England said: “The M6 northbound in Cheshire is closed between junctions 19 and 20 due to a collision.
“A diversion route is in place: Exit the M6 at junction 19 an join the A556 northbound towards Altrincham. Then join the M56 westbound towards Runcorn, to then re-join the M6.
“Follow the solid black square diversion symbol.”
When news filtered through the jammed up ranks of the motorway that the juniper berry based drink was to blame, many took to Twitter to offer a spirit-raising joke or two.
Shortly before 10pm Cheshire Police confirmed the road was still seriously clogged.
“The M6 remains closed at the current time between J19 & J20 following a collision between two HGVs,” the force Tweeted.
“One of the vehicles is a tanker carrying around 32,000 litres of concentrated gin which is leaking onto the carriageway #GINcident”.