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Fire engulfs lorries after crash sparks delays onto M5

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Flames sent smoke billowing into the air after two lorries crashed close to the M5.

The dramatic moments were captured by police as firefighters arrived to tackle the fierce blaze.

One of the lorries involved was carrying wood chips.

A man was left needing hospital treatment after the crash just before 11.30am today.

It happened on the A449 between Kidderminster and Worcester close to Blackpole.

The road is closed up to the junction six of the M5 and will remain so until at least 5pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman Murray MacGregor said: "The collision caused a fire that has totally consumed one of the lorries, which was carrying wood chips."

The driver of that lorry, a man, suffered chest injuries from the seatbelt and steering wheel.

He was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

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The other driver was uninjured and was able to decouple the cab from the trailer before the fire took hold.

Motorists are advised to be aware that surrounding roads are likely to be extremely busy.

Meanwhile, driver are also being warned of queues on the M6 southbound between junctions 13 for Stafford and 12 for Cannock and Wolverhampton.

It comes after a broke down vehicle blocked one lane. Queues could remain until 6pm.

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