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Long delays as M6 lorry crash leaves driver trapped for nearly two hours

By Thomas Parkes | Stafford | Transport | Published:

There were long delays on the M6 for more than nine hours today after a driver was trapped when his lorry crashed down a bank near Stafford.

The lorry left the carriageway on the stretch of the M6. Photo: WMFS

The driver was trapped for almost two hours after hitting a tree and rolling down the embankment but was eventually freed by firefighters.

The crash took place on the northbound section between Junction 13 for Stafford and Junction 14 for Stafford and Stone at around 6am.

The male driver was able to walk after being freed but was taken to hospital with what the ambulance service described as "potentially serious injuries".

The lorry left the carriageway on the stretch of the M6. Photo: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The five-mile stretch of the motorway was closed for drivers heading north for around two and a half hours as a result and two lanes remained shut throughout the day while the lorry was recovered from the scene.

Traffic was backed up to Junction 12 with delays of more than 90 minutes, while nearby roads were also clogged up as the wet weather made driving conditions difficult.

The stretch reopened just after 3.15pm – nine hours after it first closed.

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Diverted

Drivers were urged to exit the M6 at Junction 13 and follow the hollow diamond symbol.

Motorists had to take the third exit off the roundabout onto the A449 northbound.

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At Stafford, take the A34 northbound before taking the A5013 Eccleshall Road to re-join the M6 at Junction 14.

Emergency response

Two ambulances, one paramedic officer, a crew from the Midlands Air Ambulance base in Cosford attended the scene in a rapid response vehicle.

A spokesman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who was the lorry driver.

“He was trapped inside the cab of his lorry as a result of the damage caused in the incident.

"Ambulance staff assessed the man and continually monitored him whilst working closely with the fire service to free him.

“He was able to walk out of his cab himself, before receiving treatment for potentially serious injuries and being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.”

M54 crash

The M6 crash was one of two serious motorway incidents in the region this morning.

A stretch of the M54 was closed for around an hour after a car flipped over near Albrighton at around 6am.

The white car ended up on its roof after the driver lost control on surface water in the eastbound carriageway near Junction 3.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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