M6 closed leaving eight-mile tailback after lorry fire

The motorway was completely shut northbound between Junction 14, near Stafford, and 16 for Stoke North at around 4am today after the vehicle burst into flames.

The HGV fire

Three fire engines, and around 15 firefighters, from Staffordshire Fire Service were sent to the scene and were still fighting the fire, inside the trailer of the HGV, at 6am. They are currently still dampening down the scene and are waiting for the recovery of the vehicle, which has been burnt to a shell. Traffic is now moving on the M6 but commuters face an hour of delays with tailbacks of around eight miles, stretching back to Junction 13.

Highways England tweeted: “Due to the HGV fire on the M6 northbound J14 – J16 there are currently delays of at least an hour above normal journey times on the approach to J14. Approx.

8 miles of congestion.”

Due to the HGV fire on the #M6 northbound J14 – J16 there are currently delays of at least an hour above normal journey times on the approach to J14. Approx.

8 miles of congestion.

— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) September 3, 2019

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