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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 December 2007, 10:54 GMT
Beer can spillage closes motorway
A brewery wagon crashed on the M6 in Cumbria, leaving cans of beer strewn across the carriageway.

The "curtain-sided" HGV, which was carrying 40 tonnes of cans, flipped onto its side after mounting an embankment early on Saturday.

The driver, from Livingston in West Lothian, was rescued uninjured after being trapped in the vehicle.

Two northbound lanes of the motorway near Shap have re-opened after the cans were cleared and the wagon recovered.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: "It's not clear quite how much beer spilled onto the carriageway, but as the vehicle was curtain-sided, it probably lost a good deal of its load."

The Highways Agency assisted police with the clear-up of the M6 northbound, which fully re-opened at about 1400 GMT.

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