Drivers escape as lorry and car destroyed in M6 fire

By Thomas Parkes | Staffordshire | News | Published:

A lorry and a car were destroyed when they both caught fire after being involved in a crash on the M6 this afternoon.

Firefighters at the scene of the crash on the M6. Photo: SnapperSK

Traffic was brought to a standstill after the dramatic crash happened in the northbound carriageway in Staffordshire at around 12.30pm.

The route between Junction 12 for Gailey and Junction 11 for Stafford was blocked off as firefighters and police officers dealt with the incident.

The lorry and car were left badly damaged after a collision on the M6. Photo: SnapperSK
A lorry and car were destroyed after they both caught fire on the M6. Photo: SnapperSK

Nobody was injured despite the major damage caused to both vehicles.

Drivers faced delays long delays as a result, with the motorway fully closed for more than an hour.

Two lanes were running past the scene by 3pm but drivers were warned that the recovery of the vehicles and repairs to the road were likely to take some time.

Drivers were hit by lengthy tailbacks because of the incident. Photo: SnapperSK


Traffic snakes past the crash scene. Photo: SnapperSK

A spokesman for the Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG) 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 and Highways England are working hard to get the carriageway moving, if you are stuck in the tailbacks we thank you for your patience."

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
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