Five-mile queues and long delays on M6 as lorry is destroyed by fire

Motorists faced five-mile queues and long delays on the M6 this morning after a lorry caught fire. It happened on the southbound carriageway between Junctions 3a, at the M6 Toll, and 3, for Coventry, at around 5a, closing lanes two lanes. Motorists faced delays of 90 minutes during rush hour as the incident was dealt with by fire crews.

The lorry was destroyed and recovery and resurfacing work was being carried out. Highways England West Midlands tweeted: "If travelling #M6 south this morning #Warwickshire#Birmingham#WestMidlands pls be aware there are LONG DELAYS on approach to this incident. There are over 5 miles of congestion which is likely to add 30-45mins onto usual travel time.

Likely to increase through the morning peak."

It later tweeted: "UPDATE* Lanes 1 & 2 Remain Closed while @WarksFireRescue & Recovery Work to Make the Truck safe for Removal - The Lanes will Remain Closed while Emergency Resurfacing is Arranged - Please Consider Alternative Routes."

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There were also higher-than-usual traffic levels on the A45 at Meriden towards Coventry.

Motorists were being urged to consider delaying their journey until traffic conditions improved or allow extra time.

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