M6 closed in both directions after lorry catches fire following crash
Written by The Newsroom on September 11, 2019
The M6 has been shut in both directions this morning after a serious crash.
The widely-used stretch of the Midlands motorway has been closed in Staffordshire on Wednesday, September 11.
The move to close both the northbound and southbound carriageways comes following a serious accident on the third working day of the week.
The crash in the Midlands saw a lorry cross the central reservation, overturn, spill fuel and debris across the carriageway and catch fire.
Traffic England and traffic data company Inrix both report the northbound and southbound carriageways of the motorway are shut between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J12 A5 (Gailey).
Police, firefighters and paramedics were called at around midnight – with the route likely to remain closed for some time.
A Highways England spokesman said: “The M6 is currently closed in both directions from J12 (Cannock) to J13 (Stafford) due to an overturned lorry which has crossed over onto the opposite carriageway.
“Due to the position of the lorry all lanes on the southbound carriageway are blocked.
“There is also a significant amount of debris and fuel that has spread across the northbound carriageway and extensive damage caused to the central reservation.
“Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are also in attendance as the vehicle has caught fire. Central Motorway Police Group and West Midlands Ambulance Service are also in attendance.”
“In addition to this closure the northbound carriageway is closed J13 – J14 for planned roadworks. Traffic heading north will therefore have to leave the northbound carriageway at J12 rejoining at J14.”
Traffic England reports all four lanes are closed in both directions -with normal traffic conditions currently not expected to be restored until around later this morning (Wednesday September 11).
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