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Summary

  1. Crash involved three lorries near J8 at about 15:30
  2. Two drivers injured, one seriously
  3. Police carrying out investigation
  4. Long queues on M6, M5 and many surrounding routes
  5. M6 northbound now reopened and lanes starting to open southbound

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage

    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

    Police remain at the scene of the three-lorry crash on the M6 and haven't yet been able to say when the affected southbound section will completely reopen.

    However, one lane is now open southbound and Highways England says traffic is starting to pass the scene of the crash, close to J8.

    That's it for our coverage, but follow tweets from @HighwaysWMIDS and @WMPolice for further updates.

  2. Surrounding routes also busy

    Facebook

    The location and timing of the crash on the M6 means a lot of drivers have been affected.

    Long queues have been reported not only on the M6 and M5, but also smaller surrounding roads as drivers look for other routes home.

    Traffic

    A few people have been getting in touch on the BBC Midlands Facebook page:

    Jacqueline Perry writes: "Cars are being taken off down the slip road at junction 9 (wrong way). But the roads around the roundabout at j9 are rammed along with all the side roads. Just Be patient and drive safely."

    Melissa Johnson says: "Heard it... this part of the M6/M5 is at the back of my house & it’s not a rare sound. Always here horns blasting at all hours, screeching tyres, smash sounds."

  3. Last ambulance staff leave scene of M6 crash

    The last ambulance staff have left the scene of the crash on the M6, leaving it in the hands of West Midlands Police.

    The last firefighters left an hour ago, after cutting free one of the drivers involved in the three-lorry crash.

    Ambulance

    It's now been three hours since West Midlands Ambulance Service was called out to deal with the collision, near the junction with the M5.

  4. One lane of M6 reopens southbound

    BBC News Travel

    One lane has now reopened on the southbound section of the M6 affected by the three-lorry crash earlier.

    Here's what we know so far:

    • Two people were taken to hospital, one of them with serious leg injuries after a collision at around 15:30 between J8 for the M5 and J9 for Wednesbury
    • Both carriageways were shut for a time to allow the air ambulance to land
    • Firefighters had to cut free the more seriously injured person, who was the driver of one of the lorries
    • West Midlands Police officers remain at the scene
    • Queues are backing up on the M6 at least as far as J10A
  5. Police hope to reopen lane on M6

    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

    I've just spoken to West Midlands Police who say their officers remain at the scene of the lorry crash on the M6.

    They're hoping to be able to reopen one lane on the south side soon, between junctions eight and nine.

    The force isn't able to say when the motorway will fully reopen.

  6. Drivers urged to avoid section of M6 following lorry crash

    BBC News Travel

    Motorists are being advised to avoid the M6 near the junction with the M5.

    The southbound section between junctions eight and nine remains closed, while police continue their investigations.

    Highways England is turning around trapped traffic between those junctions and says traffic is still slow on the northbound side.

    Queues on M5
  7. Traffic to be turned around on M6

    BBC News Travel

    Highways England says its about to start turning around traffic trapped on the M6, heading south between junctions eight and nine.

    It says it plans to take the vehicles off at the previous junction.

  8. Lorry driver cut free by firefighters

    The West Midlands Fire Service said it had to cut free one of the drivers in the three-lorry crash on the M6 this afternoon.

    It said he had been taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with serious leg injuries.

    A passenger in one of the lorries has also been taken to hospital with less serious injuries.

    Queues on M5 approaching M6
  9. Two need hospital treatment after M6 lorry crash

    BBC News Travel

    West Midlands Ambulance service says it's preparing to take two people to hospital, following a multi-vehicle crash on the M6 this afternoon.

    It says one of them has serious injuries, the other has suffered more minor injuries.

    The southbound carriageway of the M6 will remain closed between junctions eight and nine while police carry out investigations.

  10. Motorway partially reopens at crash scene

    BBC News Travel

    The M6 has reopened northbound between junctions eight for the M5 and nine for Wednesbury.

    The motorway remains closed southbound between those junctions as the emergency services continue to deal with a serious crash involving at least two lorries.

  11. Ambulances at scene of 'serious' M6 lorry crash

    BBC News Travel

    West Midlands Ambulance Service says a crash near the junction of the M6 and M5 is "serious" and involves at least two lorries.

    The M6 is now closed heading both north and south between junction eight for the M5 and nine for Wednesbury and an air ambulance has arrived at the scene.

    Air ambulance

    WMAS said it was initially called out at 15:39 and Highways England said the delays are affecting a five-mile stretch of the motorway.