M6 in Warwickshire closed by fabric conditioner spill

Part of the M6 was shut for about three hours after a lorry spilled "slippery" fabric conditioner on the carriageway.

The closure was on the southbound stretch in Warwickshire between Coventry and Rugby.

Two lanes were initially closed after the spillage at 05:00 BST, before the complete closure between junctions one and two for the clean-up operation.

The motorway reopened just before 10:30 amid reports of heavy congestion in surrounding areas.

Mel Clarke, from the Highways Agency, said a minor incident led to "several containers of fabric conditioner" being shed on to two lanes of the motorway.

She said a specialist clean-up team was needed because of its "slippery nature".

"We couldn't just wash it away with water, as that could have made it worse", she said.

"They [the team] used materials to absorb all of the the spilt liquid before sweeping up the remainder."

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