[P]olice were called today at 4.20 am (25th May) following reports of a road traffic collision on the M6 southbound between junction 39 and junction 37.
A white heavy goods vehicle, driven by a 53-year-old man from Beattock, left the southbound carriageway and travelled down an embankment where it collided with a bridge parapet.
The driver was taken to Royal Preston Hospital with serious injuries. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening at this time.
The M6 southbound had been closed from junction 39 at Shap to allow collision investigation work to be undertaken, but two lanes have now re-opened.
A spokesman for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 4:38am firefighters were called to a road traffic collision on the M6 southbound between junctions 39 and 38.
“A light goods vehicle had left the carriageway and gone down a culvert into the central reservation, leaving the driver trapped in the cab.
“Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment, tools and ladders to release the casualty.
“They were at the scene for approximately two hours.”
Recovery work is still underway and there may be further short delays as this is completed.
Motorists and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
Visit the traffic link map at http://www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic-link-map to keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads.