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M6 blocked after crash between motorcycle and car

The M6 Southbound is blocked between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction and J5 A452 (Castle Bromwich) because of a crash between a car and a motorcycle. It happened at around 7am this morning.

There is congestion back to J7 A34 (Great Barr).

Traffic has been stopped to allow an air ambulance to land.

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Fire crews called to gas explosion in Great Barr

The explosion happened in Great Barr Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Two fire crews were called to the scene of a gas explosion in Great Barr this morning.

West Midlands fire service received a 999 call reporting the sound of an explosion just before 09:30am this morning.

Eight firefighters from West Bromwich went to the scene, where there was a small fire which was already out on arrival. Evidence suggests it was the result of a gas explosion at the semi-detached property.

The gas and electricity has been isolated and an ambulance called for precautionary checkups, although there is no suggestion that anyone has been injured at this stage.

A structural engineer has also been called to check the property.

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