M6 set to stay shut all morning after lorry crashes and catches fire
Written by The Newsroom on September 11, 2019
The M6 is set to stay shut all morning after a lorry crashed and caught fire.
The lorry driver who saw his vehicle overturn in a crash which closed the stretch of motorway in the West Midlands escaped with minor injuries.
He has been taken to hospital after the collision caused a fire – but only as a precaution.
But drivers in the region face a headache of a journey this morning with the stretch remaining closed throughout the rush hour.
A lorry has overturned and crossed the central reservation – with emergency services and Highways England at the scene.
Police, firefighters and paramedics were called at around midnight – with the route likely to remain closed for some time.
An ambulance crew came across the overturned lorry which was on fire on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 13 and 12 in Stafford at 12.36am (Wednesday).
(Image: Highways England)
They quickly alerted emergency service colleagues and the highways agency whilst a paramedic officer was responded to the scene to assist.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of the lorry, a man, was already out of the vehicle when the ambulance crew stopped to render aid. He was assessed on scene and treated for relatively minor injuries before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution.
“Considering what happened, it’s incredibly lucky that no one suffered serious injuries.”
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).
@MotorwayCameras tweeted: ” #M6 remains CLOSED in BOTH directions between J12 (Cannock) and J13 (Stafford) due to an overturned lorry which has crossed over onto the opposite carriageway – There is no estimated re-open time at this stage.”
Highways England issued an update to drivers, telling motorists: “There is approx 4 miles of very heavy congestion on the northbound M6 between J11a and J12 and 5.5 miles on the southbound J14 to J13. The diversion route is also extremely congested. Please allow plenty of extra time for your journey and consider alternate routes if possible.”
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