All lanes of M6 to be resurfaced following lorry crash and fire

Photo courtesy of West Midlands Ambulance Service

Part of the M6 in Staffordshire could be closed until this evening, as repairs take place after a lorry crash.

The vehicle struck the concrete central reservation, overturned and caught fire on the northbound carriageway between junctions 12 for Cannock and 13 for Stafford around midnight.

A large amount of diesel fuel was also spilled onto the northbound carriageway.

Trapped traffic was released around 2am, but hundreds of drivers who joined the motorway during rush hour then became stuck in the long tailbacks.

The lorry crashed through the concrete central reservation (Picture courtesy of Highways England)

Three lanes of the southbound carriageway were reopened around 12:30pm, but delays were caused by several broken down vehicles.

Now, the full width of the northbound carriageway will be resurfaced as the tarmac has been 'extensively damaged'.

It is not expected it will reopen until late afternoon, and it will need to be fully closed again overnight tonight.

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The driver of the lorry was taken to hospital as a precaution, after suffering only minor injuries.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Considering what happened, it’s incredibly lucky that no one suffered serious injuries.”

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