M6 crash: Drivers face huge delays after lorry ploughs into barrier and overturns

Drivers face huge delays on the UK’s busiest motorway after a lorry ploughed into the central reservation, overturned and caught fire. There are currently queues of up to one hour on the M6 south from J14 for north Stafford to J13 for south Stafford. The HGV smashed into the barrier and leaked fuel near J13 in the early hours.

Despite the lorry catching fire, Staffordshire Police say the male driver escaped with “minor injuries”. Officers are now assisting in a complex recovery operation. Motorists are being urged to find alternative routes, which is causing congestion in the centre of the town, the A513 around it and the A34 through Cannock.

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The lorry smashed into the central reservation and overturned

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The northbound carriageway is also shut between the junctions. The closures are causing chaos from J10a for the M54 near Essington.    

Alternative northbound routes, such as the M54 north of Wolverhampton, the A34 through Bloxwich and Cannock, and the A449 through the Penkridge area, are also busy. A Highways England spokesperson said: “Delays currently are 45 mins above normal journey time on the southbound M6 between J14 and J13 approaching the closure.

M6 crash: Drivers face huge delays after lorry ploughs into barrier and overturnsThe HGV caused substantial damage to the barrier

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“These delays are expected to increase during the morning peak travel period so please allow plenty of extra time and consider alternative routes (if possible).” An ambulance crew came across the overturned lorry after it burst into flames.

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.

M6 crash: Drivers face huge delays after lorry ploughs into barrier and overturnsThe collision happened in the early hours but the recovery operation continues

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“Considering what happened, it’s incredibly lucky that no one suffered serious injuries.” An interactive map, created by GPS navigation software app Waze, highlights the areas affected.

Three fire crews dashed to the scene.

“We are currently assisting Highways England and Central Motorway Police Group,” a spokesman for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service said.

“Crews from Stafford, Rising Brook and Cannock are in attendance.”

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