Motorway shut after 32,000 litres of GIN spills onto carriageway

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A major motorway has been forced to close after 32,000 litres of gin spilled onto the carriageway.

It happened after two lorries crashed into each other on the M6 near the town of Knutsford in Cheshire just before 5.30pm.

Gin is leaking out onto the M6 motorway.

Gin is leaking out onto the M6 motorway.

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One of the lorries was a tanker carrying '32,000 litres of concentrated gin which is leaking onto the carriageway', according to Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Crews are coating the spilt alcohol with foam to prevent it from igniting.

"Due to the flammability of the alcohol a decision was taken to close the motorway in both directions as a precautionary measure," a spokesman added.

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There are long delays in both directions and on nearby routes.

There are not currently any reports of injuries.