Motorists whose vehicles are stuck on the M6 close to the chemical lorry fire have been evacuated from their vehicles as a precautionary measure.
Traffic is currently tailing back to junction two on the northbound carriageway and to junction five on the southbound carriageway.
The motorway is expected to remain closed for several hours and motorists are advised to avoid the area if at all possible.
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