The Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed it is looking into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body on the M6.
It comes after police had been searching for a missing man, who has not been seen for almost three weeks after his car crashed through a barrier on the motorway on January 15th.
Zahid Mirza's car crashed on the southbound carriageway between junctions 4A and 5.
Today officers searching for the missing man confirmed a body had been found, but has not been formally identified however family liaison officers have notified Mr Mirza’s family.
An IPCC spokesman said:
"We were notified about this matter by West Midlands Police following the discovery of a body in the Birmingham area and a referral from the force was received on Monday afternoon. "We will be carrying out a thorough assessment to determine the level, if any, of our involvement."
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Police have revealed that a man who died in a car crash on the M6 southbound between Junction 3a and Corley Services was in his 50s and from Birmingham.
The collision occurred at around 11.15am yesterday and the man was declared dead at the scene. His family has been informed.
There was major disruption yesterday as police shut the motorway on the side of the accident. They're appealing for anyone who witnessed what happened to come forward.
The man was driving a grey Mini Cooper when it left the road on the Southbound side of the M6 between junctions 3a and 3. We're keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the car in the minutes leading up to the collision which occurred at just before 11.15am.
Police are searching for a man who has not been seen for almost three weeks after his car crashed through a barrier on the M6.
Zahid Mirza's car crashed through the barrier on the southbound carriageway between junctions 4A and 5 on January 15.
The car was abandoned and it's been revealed that Mr Mirza, who is from Chelmsley Wood, has not been seen by his family since.
Police are concerned for his safety and are carrying out searches for him near where the crash happened.
Mr Mirza, aged 40, is described as Asian, 5ft 9ins tall, with a stocky build, short dark hair and wears glasses.
Traffic has now returned to normal following an earlier accident on the M6 Southbound between J4A M42 and J3 A444 / B4113 (Nuneaton / Bedworth / Coventry).
There are continued delays elsewhere on the motorway network across the West Midlands this morning, for more information stay with itv.com/central/travel.
Two people have died following a collision on the M6 overnight. West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the southbound carriageway of the motorway between junctions four and three, near to Corley Services, just before 2.15am.
An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:
“On arrival, crews discovered two patients in the car, which had set alight. Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save either of them and they were confirmed dead at the scene.”
There is still slow traffic due to the earlier accident on the M6 Southbound. It's between J4A M42 and J3 A444 / B4113 for Nuneaton / Bedworth / Coventry),
Both the Northbound and Southbound link roads from the M42 have now been re-opened.
There remains congestion on the M6 to J6 A38(M) of the Aston Expressway / A5127 Gravelly Hill / A38 Tyburn Road / Slade Road Spaghetti Junction.
There’s been another accident between J11 AND J10 Southbound on the M6 and drivers are now being asked to use the M6 Toll.
There are delays of at least 30 minutes on this stretch and drivers are being asked to reconsider their use of the M6 this morning.
There are now also further reports of another accident on the M6 Southbound between J7 A34 (Great Barr) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway / A5127 Gravelly Hill / A38 Tyburn Road / Slade Road Spaghetti Junction.
Lane three on the southbound side of the M6 has now reopened following earlier delays.
Traffic is expected to be affected throughout the morning as investigations continue in to the cause of a collision which killed two people overnight.
There are reports of issues on the M6 both Northbound and Southbound this evening:
- One lane blocked and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound between J3A M6 Toll and Corley Services.
- Reports of one lane blocked and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Northbound after J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway / A5127 Gravelly Hill / A38 Tyburn Road / Slade Road Spaghetti Junction.