Overturned lorry recovery closes M42 for about 10 hours

Overturned lorry on the M42 Image copyright WMFS
Image caption The northbound carriageway of the motorway was closed between junctions J4 and J5, near Solihull

Part of the M42 in the West Midlands was closed for about 10 hours after a lorry overturned, spilling diesel on to the motorway.

The northbound carriageway of the motorway closed between junctions 4 and 5, near Solihull, after the spillage in the early hours.

After recovery, the carriageway opened just before 12:30 BST.

The lorry driver was released from the cab after firefighters removed the windscreen.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "The driver was complaining of back pain and some discomfort in his left leg.

"As a precaution, he was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment."

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