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150 fish deaths "linked" to lorry fire which melted M6

The lorry fire near Stafford on the M6 Southbound Credit: CPMG Twitter

The Environment Agency is carrying out water tests over chemical spill fears after 150 fish deaths in the River Penk near Stafford. It's after a lorry fire which closed the M6 yesterday, in which more than 600 square metres of the road's tarmac melted.

The M6 was closed southbound from Junction 13 yesterday for Stafford South, causing queues of more than five miles while repairs were carried out.

Environment experts say they fear pollutants may have seeped from the motorway into local watercourses.

The Environment Agency urged people to stay out of the River Penk while investigations continue. They said the substance was still "unknown" and they are continuing to monitor the situation.

Drivers risking injury by reversing at junction 14 on M6

Central Motorway Police Group are urging drivers to take care on the M6 whilst delays are clearing.

They have said people are risking injury and damage to their vehicles by reversing at junction 14 of the M6.

However, the motorway is now open and starting to move so are calling on all motorists to remain calm and wait for the delays to clear.

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M6 reopens after massive lorry fire melts road

The aftermath of the lorry fire which closed the M6. Credit: PA

The M6 has reopened following a massive lorry fire which melted part of the road.

Drivers endured hours of misery queues after the motorway was shut for most of the day.

All three lanes were reopened shortly after 5.20pm according to Highways England, nearly 16 hours after the initial fire broke out.

A statement on its website said: "The M6 southbound between junction 13 (Stafford south) and junction 12 (Cannock) has fully re-opened after an earlier severe HGV fire and subsequent extensive resurfacing work. All lanes are now running."

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Lorry fire has damaged over 600 square metres of road

The lorry fire has caused 640 square metres of damage to the road. Credit: Highways Agency Twitter

Highways England have shared a picture of the current scene on the M6, after a lorry fire caused one of the busiest stretches of motorway in the region to close.

They said that the fire had caused 640 square metres of damage to the road and were working "as hard as they can" to clear the wreckage.

Staffordshire Police say they are currently working to open at least one lane by 6:00pm this evening.

Police & emergency services working hard to clear M6 delays

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M6 to remain closed until 4pm

Police say the M6 in Staffordshire will remain closed until around 4pm this afternoon after a lorry fire in the early hours of the morning.

Drivers are being told to expect delays on all surrounding routes of the M6 south from junction 13 to junction 12 near Stafford.

Drivers are being told to use the M1 as a diversion.

Fire melts tarmac on M6

Police in the West Midlands say one of the busiest stretches of motorway in the region will remain closed until lunchtime after a lorry fire.

Image tweeted by @CPMG of lorry fire that has melted tarmac on the M6 in Stafford Credit: CPMG Twitter

It is estimated that the M6 south at junction 13 for Stafford will re-open between 12 and 1pm today.

CPMG tweeted to say that the fire had melted the tarmac on the stretch of the M6.

Overturned car causes havoc on M6 Northbound

An overturned car caused havoc on the M6 Northbound in Warwickshire this morning.

It happened between J3 A444 / B4113 (Nuneaton / Bedworth / Coventry) and M6 J3A.

All three lane have now fully reopened.

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