We were called at 11:20pm last night (26th Feb) to the M6 between junctions 14 and 13 southbound following the report of a Ford Mondeo that had collided with the central reservation.
The 32-year-old driver then left the car and tried to flag down a number of passing vehicles before getting over the central reservation and onto the northbound carriageway. He was then struck by a Mercedes box van and suffered head and arm injuries.
He was attended to by medical staff from West Midlands Ambulance Service and taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital where his condition is described as critical.
Sgt Richard Moors said: "The collision involved a number of scenes over a mile distance and officers from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit undertook a detailed examination. The northbound carriageway was opened after around five hours but the southbound remained closed until around 9.30am today.
"Attempts were made to turn vehicles around on the southbound carriageway to release trapped vehicles, but with a number of large goods vehicles in the backlog this was a difficult task. I would like to thank motorists caught in the post-collision traffic for their patience whilst officers carried out their work.
"The investigation remains ongoing and we are keen to speak to any witnesses who saw either of the collisions on the southbound or northbound carriageway. I am particularly interested in any witnesses who have dash cam footage from either carriageway."
Any witnesses are asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 801 of 25 February
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