Lorry driver killed in M6 incident

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A lorry driver has died on the M6 in Staffordshire.

Emergency services were called to reports the vehicle had left the southbound carriageway near junction 12 at Gailey just after 1pm. 

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a lorry which had left the carriageway and was on its side down an embankment.

"Sadly, ambulance staff were unable to save the driver of the lorry, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.”

The motorway is closed at junction 13 for Stafford south, with traffic being diverted along the A449 Wolverhampton Road via Penkridge and onto the A5, before re-joining the M6 at junction 12. 

The trapped traffic between junctions 13 and 12 is being released.

There is congestion on the motorway back to junction 14, and long queues on the A449 south into Penkridge as traffic diverts.

Traffic is slower, but moving, northbound. 

Police are urging motorists to avoid the area.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Staffordshire Police on 101, referring to incident 334 of 22 July. 

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