10 treated after M6 toxic fire

Firefighters were among ten patients being treated at the scene of a chemical tanker fire that shut parts the M6. The motorway remains closed in both directions, but is due to reopen at 7pm.

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Emergency services: 'Our priority is to contain chemicals'

At this stage, our priority is to contain the chemicals and remove them and ensure that there are no hazards to public health at the scene. We will then seek to remove vehicles from the scene and re-open the motorway later today. Ten people, including 8 firefighters, were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

One remains in hospital and is being monitored carefully but we anticipate he will be released very soon. Our information indicates that the chemicals will pose no danger to the public and we would like to reassure everybody who has been in the vicinity. However, we advise residents living within the vicinity to stay inside and close the windows, again, as a precaution only.

– Strategic Co-ordinating spokesman

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Pictures of M6 lorry fire

Fire crews at the scene of the lorry fire Credit: ITV Central
Traffic is being turned round on the M6 Northbound carriage Credit: ITV Central
West Midlands Ambulance Service are on the scene Credit: ITV Central
Traffic is being turned around at Corley services Credit: ITV Central

Tanker carrying a mixture of chemicals and paper

The West Midlands Ambulance Service has said that the tanker on fire on the M6 is carrying a mixture of paper of chemicals:

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Hazardous response team at scene of M6 chemical crash

West Midlands Ambulance Service has been tweeting updates of the situation on the M6 where a chemical tanker has crashed:

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M6 fire: Motorists evacuated from vehicles

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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M6 fire: 800m exclusion zone

An 800m exclusion zone has been requested by the fire service due to chemicals following a lorry fire on the M6.

Traffic is currently unable to gain access to the M6 from the M42 J7A. Traffic also can't join the M6 Southbound from the M6 Toll at J3A.

Corley Services access is also restricted.

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