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M6 could still be closed this evening after lorry crash creates chaos

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 4 days ago Graeme Brown
Traffic building up at junction 11a after the M6 was closed © Highways England Traffic building up at junction 11a after the M6 was closed

Highways England has warned the M6 may be closed into this evening northbound after a lorry fire cause traffic chaos.

More than five miles of queues have tailed back on the M6 towards and away from the Stafford area this morning after a lorry fire following a major crash.

Hours after it created a rush hour nightmare for many, progress is being made on the southbound side, towards Birmingham and the Black Country, with three lanes opened at lunchtime.

However, resurfacing work is still required northbound, meaning tailbacks are likely to continue. You can keep up to date on our live blog .

A Highways England spokesperson posted on Twitter: “The northbound is likely to remain closed for several more hours - possibly in to this evening.

an empty road: Lorry overturned, closing the M6 near Stafford © WMAS Lorry overturned, closing the M6 near Stafford “We’re hoping to be able to partially reopen the southbound in the next few hours.”

It's not just the M6 itself that's heavily congested, surrounding roads in Staffordshire have been described as being "gridlocked" by people on Twitter.

With both sides of the motorway shut between J12 and J13, Highways England's been diverting drivers off the motorway through Penkridge and Gailey.

According to Waze, the real time time travel app, there is standstill traffic M6 southbound with live speeds of less than 10mph and at junction 12 there are live speeds of 1mph.

Gallery: Photos of the day (Reuters)

However, the A5 also had heavy traffic and live speeds of 5mph and the A449 and Teddesley Road were also crawling.

Meanwhile, the lorry driver involved in the incident has been taken to hospital but was not badly hurt.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "A lorry driver has been taken to hospital as a precaution after the lorry he was driving overturned and caught fire on the M6 in Staffordshire earlier this morning.

"An ambulance crew came across the overturned lorry which was on fire on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 13 and 12 in Stafford at 12.36am (Wednesday). They quickly alerted emergency service colleagues and the highways agency whilst a paramedic officer was responded to the scene to assist.

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