Four M6 crashes in five hours lead to delays in Black Country stretch

Drivers faced delays on the M6 on Thursday when four different crashes happened during the morning.

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The collisions happened within five hours of each other in the Black Country.

First, a pile-up happened on the southbound motorway between Junction 9 for Wednesbury and Junction 8 for the M5 at around 7am.

The crash, which involved multiple vehicles, led to tailbacks of more than seven miles and delays of more than an hour with the motorway not fully reopened until around 8.30am.

There was also heavy congestion on smaller nearby roads such as the A454 and Black Country Route as a result.

While an ambulance and paramedic officer attended, nobody required assessment or hospital treatment.

Then, just as delays from the incident were beginning to clear, a crash happened southbound between Junction 10A for the M54 and Junction 10 for Walsall. Two lanes were shut until the area was cleared and the road reopened at around 10am.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said an ambulance and a paramedic officer attended, where medics examined a car driver and lorry driver.

"On arrival we found the driver of the car, she was assessed and had sustained injuries not believed to be serious. She was conveyed to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment. The driver of the lorry did not require assessment.”

Meanwhile drivers heading north were held up in four-mile queues after a crash between Junction 7 for Great Barr and Junction 8 for the M5.

That smash involved one car.

Highways England warned motorists to expect delays of around 40 minutes as a result, with lanes fully reopened at around 9am.

Shortly after 11.30am Highways England reported that two lorries had crashed on the southbound carriageway between Junction 10 or Walsall and Wolverhampton and Junction 9 for Wednesbury.

The collision initially closed two of the four lanes, which was increased to three when recovery arrived at around 11.45am.

The carriageway was cleared by around 12.30pm, with Highways England warning of five miles of congestion and 30-minute delays.

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