M6 closed after crash causes lorry to catch fire

A stretch of the M6 motorway is closed after a crash has caused a lorry to catch fire. Inrix, the traffic data company reports the Northbound carriageway is closed and there is slow traffic due to an accident involving a lorry and a car between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). The traffic is also being held on the opposite side of the M6 Southbound due to the smoke reducing visibility.

The closure was put in place at around 12.55pm. Diversion -  follow the Hollow Black Triangle Symbol via the exit at J12, onto the A5 Westbound which is looking slow. Then, at Gailey, head onto the A449 Northbound through Penkridge, to rejoin the M6 at J13.

A Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said: "We are currently dealing with a car and HGV fire on the M6 between junction 12 and 13 at Stafford. "Please find an alternative route, possibly A449 through Penkridge, northbound delays will be lengthy."

The burnt out lorry on the M6 in Stafford

An Inrix spokesman said: "M6 Northbound closed, stationary traffic due to accident, a lorry and a car involved and smoke blowing across the road between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South).
"Northbound was officially closed at 12:55.

Southbound was held earlier for half an hour, however at 13:20 lanes three and four were closed to assist. There the lorry caught fire as a result of the collision.
"Diversion - Follow the Hollow Black Triangle Symbol via the exit at J12, onto the A5 Westbound which is looking slow.

Then, at Gailey, head onto the A449 Northbound through Penkridge, which is also congested, to rejoin the M6 at J13.

M6 closed after crash causes lorry to catch fireThe smoke coming from the lorry fire on the M6 in Stafford

"Two lanes closed and queueing traffic due to accident on the opposite side on M6 Southbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J12 A5 (Gailey). Travel time is 20 minutes.
"Lanes three and four (of four) are closed.

At 12:40 all traffic was held for around half an hour and briefly all lanes appeared reopened, until 13:20 when it was reported that lanes three and four were closed.

The motorway is officially closed Northbound."

We will bring you further information on this incident when it becomes available.

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