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Drivers face huge delays on M6 as lorry crashes into barrier

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The M6 is closed in both directions in Staffordshire after a lorry crashed through the concrete central reservation this morning (11 September).

Motorists have been warned to expect long delays after the closure between Junctions 12 and 13 near Gailey and Stafford around 12:36am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the driver was taken to hospital as a precaution, after the vehicle overturned and caught fire. He appeared not to have any injuries.

Highways England said both carriageways of the motorway had been shut to allow the complex recovery of the severely-damaged HGV, and for repairs to the concrete barrier and road surface.

“The driver of the lorry, a man, was already out of the vehicle when the ambulance crew stopped to render aid.

"He was assessed on scene and treated for relatively minor injuries before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution.

“Considering what happened, it’s incredibly lucky that no one suffered serious injuries.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman

A Highways England spokesperson also said: "Delays currently are 45 mins above normal journey time on the southbound M6 between J14 and J13 approaching the closure."

"These delays are expected to increase during the morning peak travel period so please allow plenty of extra time and consider alternative routes (if possible)."

– Highways England spokesperson

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