A lorry driver has been taken to hospital as a precaution after the lorry he was driving overturned and caught fire on the M6 in Staffordshire earlier this morning.
An ambulance crew came across the overturned lorry which was on fire on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 13 and 12 in Stafford at 0.36am (Wednesday).
They quickly alerted emergency service colleagues and the highways agency whilst a paramedic officer was responded to the scene to assist.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “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.”
Teams from Highways England, Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, as well as specialist contractors, are working as fast as they can to get the scene cleared and the carriageway repaired and open as soon as it is safe to do so.
The diversion routes are as follows:
The northbound diversion route is signed by the hollow triangle diversion symbol. At junction 12 take the exit to the A5 westbound. Continue along the A5 west to its junction with the A449, Gailey. Take the exit to the A449 northbound and continue to re-join the M6 at junction 13.
The southbound diversion is signed by the hollow circle diversion symbol exiting the M6 at junction 13. Take the exit onto the A449 south continuing along this road to its junction the A5 at Galley. Take the exit to the A5 eastbound and continue to re-join the M6 at junction 12.
The southbound is expected to open later this morning, with the northbound staying closed until later today due to the extent of the damage to the carriageway.
For traffic approaching the delays locally, drivers are advised to expect disruption with extra journey time and may wish to re-route or delay their journeys.
If travelling towards this area from much further afield, delay information will remain visible on on-road variable message signs until delays have cleared.
Further information is available from Highways England by visiting www.trafficengland.com, or via the @HighwaysWMIDS regional twitter feed. The Highways England customer contact centre team can also provide up to the minute information on 0300 123 5000.