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Major rush hour delays on M6 at Staffordshire due to lorry fire

Two lanes were closed on the M6 in Staffordshire this morning due to an 'accidental' lorry fire.

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Two lanes of four were closed. Photo: Highways England

The incident happened on the northbound carriageway between Junction 11a and Junction 12 near Gailey.

Emergency services were on the scene at around 7.10am.

There were delays of at least 30 minutes on approach with two miles of congestion, according to National Highways: West Midlands.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "One of our ambulances came across a lorry fire on the northbound M6, between Junctions 11a and 12, at 6.33am.

"A paramedic officer also attended the scene, however, there were no injured patients and we were stood down."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service deemed the fire to be accidental, utilising a hose reel jet to douse the flames.

A spokesperson for the fire service said: "Fire crews attend lorry fire on M6. We have extinguished a lorry fire on the M6 northbound this morning.

"Crews from Cannock went to the M6, between Junctions 11 and 12, just before 6.30am and found a lorry well alight. A hose reel jet was used to extinguish the fire just after 7.30am. The driver of the lorry was not injured.

"The cause of the fire was deemed to be accidental."

Drivers were urged to allow extra time for their journey.