M6 reopens following lorry crash

Lanes have reopened on part of the M6 in Staffordshire following repairs 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.

Repairs have been carried out to the full width of the northbound carriageway, which was 'extensively damaged', and three lanes reopened around 3:40pm.

But that part of the motorway will need to be fully closed again overnight from 10pm for more work to take place.

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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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