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M6 southbound to closed till 5pm after acid leak from lorry

Credit: Central Motorway Police Group

The M6 motorway is expected to be closed throughout the day until at least 5:00pm while damage to road surface is repaired.

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Fire crews confirm that 1400 litres of sulphuric acid has leaked from a lorry located on the hardshoulder on the M6 southbound this morning.

It is believed at this time that the lorry is carrying twenty containers, each holding 1,440 litres of suphuric acid and that one of these containers has split and is leaking out of the lorry onto the roadway.

Crews are using gas tight suits and are carrying out survey on vehicle. A contamination zone of approximately ten square metres has been put in place.

Fire services are liaising with the National Chemical Emergency Centre and are awaiting information.

One lane blocked on the M6 northbound due to accident

Credit: Highways England

One lane is blocked and there queueing traffic due to an accident involving a car and lorry on the M6 Northbound between J5 A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Spaghetti Junction,

There is congestion on M6 to J4a M42 with travel time estimated at least 45 minutes.

Lanes three (of four) are closed due to accident around halfway between J5 and J6.

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