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Lucky escape for lorry driver after crash closed M6 in both directions – Birmingham Live

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A lorry driver who saw his vehicle overturn in a crash which closed the M6 in the West Mildands has emerged without major injuries.

He has been taken to hospital after the collision caused a fire – but only as a precaution.

Meanwhile, traffic chaos looks likely after both the northbound and southbound carriageways of the motorway were shut between junction 13 A449 (Stafford South) and junction 12 A5 (Gailey).

An ambulance crew came across the overturned lorry which was on fire on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 13 and 12 today (Wednesday, September 11).

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They quickly alerted emergency service colleagues and the highways agency whilst a paramedic officer was responded to the scene to assist.

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.

Traffic building up at junction 11a after the M6 was closed
Traffic building up at junction 11a after the M6 was closed

“Considering what happened, it’s incredibly lucky that no one suffered serious injuries.”

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. 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).”

For details of the diversions, visit our live blog at the link above.

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