A MULTIPLE collision has closed the M6 southbound between junction 16 and 18.

Police were called to the crash at 11.23am today, Monday, at junction 16.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: "The southbound carriageway has been closed between junction 16 and 18 while emergency services work at the scene.

"It is advised to avoid the area. Further updates will be issued when more information is available."

It is understood that the serious crash involved a lorry, van and car and air ambulance has been called to the scene.