The northbound carriageway between junction 38 and 39 was shut for several hours.Read more
Complaints that Highways England didn't give drivers enough of a warning about today's serious crash on the M6 in Staffordshire are being defended by the organisation.
James Silson emailed the BBC to say he started his journey in Cumbria at 07:00 but didn't see any signs about taking a detour until Knutsford, Cheshire, and said he had "moved less than three miles in three hours" since then.
Twitter user @karlroberts75 said he had driven south from Manchester but hadn't seen any warnings until J16 which "doesn't leave much option for alternative route".
But Highways England said it had set signs "as far as Cumbria, Blackpool including Manchester" and they advised drivers to avoid the area around the crash.
There's going to be an emergency overnight closure on the M6 this evening.
The northbound carriageway will be closed between J39 at Shap and J40 at Penrith between 21:30 and 05:30 tomorrow morning.
It's so that Highways England can carry out repairs on the drains and carriageway.
Traffic will be diverted on to the A6.
Highways England is warning drivers to make sure trailers are secure before setting off.