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M6 closed in the West Midlands after lorry fire

2013-01-09 18:22:17

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Part of the M6 motorway in the West Midlands has been closed northbound after a lorry caught fire.

The carriageway was closed between junction 7 for Walsall and junction 9 for Wednesfield at about 16:00 GMT, the Highways Agency said.

West Midlands Fire Service said it had been called to a fire involving a lorry carrying a load of soft drinks.

It said one lane had since been reopened at junction 9, but the M5 link road to the M6 Junction 8 was closed.

Fire crews would be there until 18:00 BST to check the fire was totally out and the lorry could be moved, the service said.

The road haulage company Eddie Stobart confirmed the lorry was one of their fleet but said that the driver had "exited the vehicle before it caught fire and was unhurt."

The Highways Agency said the motorway is due to reopen at 20:30 GMT and advised drivers to avoid the area.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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