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M6 in Staffordshire closed after huge lorry fire

Credit: Highways England

A clean-up operation is underway after a lorry fire on the M6 in Staffordshire.

The "intense" blaze broke out around 3.00am and took four hours to bring under control.

The lorry was carrying plastic bottles and metal. The trailer melted into the road, with the tyres blowing out.

The Northbound carriageway is closed with delays of at least an hour between Junction 14 to 16.

Credit: Highways England

"We are extremely grateful for the quick thinking actions of the driver who was able to separate the tractor and cab unit, whilst it was well ablaze – otherwise the fire might have been so much worse.

"This was an incredibly intense fire and the carriageway has been badly damaged so we're going to carry out some inspections once the recovery work is complete and the unit has been removed."

– Frank Bird, Highways England

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