M6 reopens after crash causes lorry to catch fire

A stretch of the M6 motorway has partially reopened after a crash has caused a lorry to catch fire. Inrix, the traffic data company reports one lane of the Northbound carriageway has reopened following an accident involving a lorry and a car between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic had also been held on the M6 Southbound due to the smoke from the fire reducing visibility, however all lanes have now reopened.

The closure was put in place at around 12.55pm and before Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service extinguished the blaze. Thankfully there have been no injuries.

The burnt out lorry on the M6 in Stafford

Earlier 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.

"Thankfully no injuries, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Highways England are working hard to get the carriageway moving, if you are stuck in the tailbacks we thank you for your patience."

M6 reopens after crash causes lorry to catch fireA stretch of the M6 motorway is closed after a crash has caused a lorry to catch fire

A Highways England spokesman said: "The M6 in Staffordshire is now open northbound between J12 and J13 following an earlier collision. As a result of the collision, the HGV involved caught fire. "One lane (of four) is now open northbound.

All lanes are now open southbound.

Please allow extra time for your journey should you be travelling in the area this afternoon as there are long delays northbound on the approach to this incident."

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

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