Traffic moving on M6 at reduced speeds more than 12 hours after three-lorry crash
Traffic is now being let through at reduced speeds on the M6 northbound in the aftermath of a three-lorry crash in the early hours.
A man has been taken to hospital with potentially serious injuries following the collision which took place between Junction 13 for Penkridge and Junction 14 for Stafford at around 1.04am on Thursday.
All four lanes require resurfacing as a result of the crash due to a "substantial" diesel spillage.
The works will be carried out overnight with a full closure of the lanes expected to be put in place from 9pm.
In an effort to reduce delays during evening rush hour, National Highways has said officials have removed the top layer of the road in order to let through traffic at a reduced speed.
Motorists can currently travel along the planed surface at a speed of 40mph but have been warned of delays of more than an hour.
The crash has resulted in major disruption for the most part of the day, with all lanes between Junctions 13 and 14 having closed for more than 12 hours.
Traffic was held up further on the northbound carriageway on the approach to Junction 13 after a stationary lorry blocked the road.
Some motorists have taken to social media to express how the crash has impacted them, with many claiming they have been stuck on the motorway for several hours.
National Highways duty operations manager Melanie Beaumont said the work at the scene of the crash was "complex".
She added: "We’d like to thank motorists for their patience while we dealt with this incident this morning.
"The work at the scene of the incident was complex and the good news for drivers is that the road is back open for the evening commute.
"However, given the severity of the spillage we will need to resurface the road tonight across the affected lanes.
"Once this work is complete, we will reopen the motorway in time for the morning rush hour tomorrow with the temporary 40mph speed limit lifted."
The road is being treated following the diesel spillages using a high pressure cleaning method called hydro-blasting.
Staffordshire Police was on the scene leading a multi-agency response to the collision alongside National Highways traffic officers.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance did attend in the early stages of the incident but have since left.
Motorists have been advised to follow the below diversion route
Northbound diverted traffic should follow the hollow diamond diversion symbol.
Exit the M6 northbound at J13 and take the third exit onto the A449, towards Stafford.
Continue along the A449 for approximately three miles into Stafford and and to the Queensway Island.
At the Queensway Island take the third exit onto the A34, towards Stone.
Continue along the A34 for approximately one mile to the third roundabout (with the A5013 Eccleshall Road).
Take the first onto the A5013 and travel for approximately 1 mile M6 J14.
Take the third exit to rejoin the M6 northbound.