Police have apologised to motorists tonight after closing the M6 motorway during peak time for the Bank Holiday getaway
A man is in hospital after a lorry caught fire after being in collision with a car towing a caravan on the M6 overnight.
Work on the next phase of the multi-million pound project to turn the M6 in the West Midlands into a managed motorway starts today.
A man has died after falling from a bridge over the M6.
Police were called to the scene near the Coleshill M42 junction at 10.30am today. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. His family have been informed.
– Inspector Paul Bennett, West Midlands Collision Investigation Unit
"We urge anyone who was in the area of the overhead bridge or may have seen the moments leading up to the incident to contact us to assist with our investigation.
"We know that the closure of any part of our motorway network causes significant disruption, however we hope that people understand the need to make necessary enquiries at the scene before the road can made available to traffic again."
Detectives investigating the death of a woman thought to have fallen from a bridge across the M6 motorway are appealing for help identifying her.
Emergency services were called to the scene, near junction seven northbound, shortly before 4.30am this morning.
Collision investigator PC Jason Stacey said they had not yet been able to find out who the woman was.
– PC Jason Stacey, West Midlands Police Collision Investigation Unit
At this stage we have been unable to identify any information about the woman and are appealing for help to trace who she is.
Although this happened early in the morning there would have been a number of drivers on the road who may have witnessed it .
If anyone has any information that could help our investigation, please contact us as soon as possible.
The M6 was closed in both directions for a short while, causing major traffic delays. All lanes were reopened by 9.30am.
All lanes of the M6 northbound have now been reopened after reports of a woman jumping from a bridge.
The woman was confirmed dead at the scene in the early hours of this morning.
There are still traffic issues on many roads around West Bromwich, Great Barr, Tipton, Dudley, Smethwick and Oldbury.
Traffic headed northbound on the M6 northbound is at a standstill between junctions five and eight after two separate incidents.
Police have closed a strip of the motorway between junctions seven and eight after reports of a woman jumping from a bridge.
Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 4.30am today. The road closure is expected to be in place until around 11am.
And the situation has been made worse by a crash further along the motorway. A car crashed with a lorry between junctions five and six around four hours later.
Drivers are advised to avoid the area.
Police have urged drivers to avoid the M6 between junctions seven and eight due to delays of around 70 minutes.
Police were called shortly before 4.30am. A woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Drivers are advised to avoid the M6 between junctions 7 and 8 if possible this morning.
Traffic restrictions are expected to be in place on the M6 northbound in the West Midlands between junctions 7 and 8 until around 11am.
The stretch of road is currently closed following the death of a woman.
Police have told ITV News Central that the northbound side of the M6 motorway could be closed between junctions 7 and 8 for 'several hours'.
Earlier this morning officers were called out to reports that a woman had jumped from a bridge.
A woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say a woman has died after an incident on the M6 in the West Midlands.
Officers were called out at 4:24am after reports a woman had jumped from a bridge over the motorway near to junction seven.
Drivers are being advised to avoid the area.
Seven men arrested after three sheep were found tied up in the back of a van on the M6 have been bailed.
Motorway police found the animals trussed up with shoelaces in the back of the Astra van just after midnight yesterday, at junction 5 of the M6.
Two men, aged 24, were arrested on suspicion of theft and five men aged 23, 26, 29, and 30 were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to steal.
They have been bailed to a date in November while inquiries continue.
– Sergeant Sarah Phillips, Central Motorway Policing Group
We are really keen to trace the owners of the sheep.
Their identity tags were ripped from their ears and their legs were tied with shoelaces.
Officers took the sheep to Sutton Coldfield police station and tended and cared for them while they awaited the RSPCA. Despite their best efforts one of the animals died as a result of its ordeal.
The other two, apart from their ear injuries, appear to be otherwise fit and healthy.
We believe the vehicles may have been travelling in tandem from the Warwickshire or Northampton area and we are appealing to the owners of the sheep to come forward.