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M6 closes at junction 6 near Erdington after lorry and car crash causing fuel spill

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A LORRY and car were involved in an accident on a busy motorway causing hundreds of litres of fuel to spill on the carriageway shutting one carriageway, with one woman injured. Two fire crews from Aston and Perry Barr were sent to the M6 motorway by junctions 6, the junction for Erdington and the A38(M) Aston Expressway into Birmingham, after a lorry and car were involved in a crash which resulted in diesel pouring on to the carriageway shortly before 7am. West Midlands Fire Service received the 999 call at 6.51am on Tuesday (February 7) which reported fuel leaking from the lorry.

Initially firefighters said 600 litres of fuel had spilled on the motorway which resulted in all four lanes being shut. A spokesperson for the fire service said: “We were called to the M6 by the A38(M) with crews working with the Highways Agency to absorb and breakdown the fuel using specialist environmental packs which the fire engines carry, and to stop it leaking into the drainage system. “We requested the ambulance service attended the incident to check a passenger.

“An update at 7.45am confirmed the fuel leak had been reduced to a drip and a specialist vehicle was requested to take the remaining fuel the tank. “At 8.30am the fire crews said there were 100 to 200 litres of fuel spilt on the roadways and at that time all four lanes were closed with the matter left in the hands of the Central Motorway Policing Group and the Highways Agency.” West Midlands Ambulance Service said they received a call from the fire service at 7.25am to the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 7 and 6.

A spokesperson said: “We treated a 30-year-old woman from the car who suffered a back injury and muscular pain consistent with a seatbelt injury. “She was immobilised using a scoop stretcher and taken by ambulance to Heartlands Hospital.” Shortly before 10am the Highways Agency tweeted: “#M6 traffic continues to pass via the hard shoulder, southbound within J6.

Work continues to assess + treat spillage.

Long delays remain.”

Delays are currently reported as being around one hour and 30 minutes with tailbacks from junction 6 to junction 10.


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