The M6 near Coventry has fully reopened after a chemical tanker fire left 10 people, including eight firefighters, needing hospital treatment for the effect of reportedly toxic fumes.
The motorway was closed in both directions around junction 3 after the lorry, which was carrying chemicals and paper, suffered a tyre blowout which led to the fire around 9.30am.
An 800-metre exclusion zone was set up around the vehicle, whose driver was among those who needed treatment, though all were released later.
A Highways Agency spokesman said:
"The M6 southbound fully reopened between junctions 4 and 3 at around 7.45pm, with the M6 northbound between junctions 3 and 3a fully reopening at 10pm."A small section (about 40 metres) of the hard shoulder on the M6 northbound, between junctions 3 and 3a, was damaged and will remain coned off until it can be resurfaced."
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