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M6 closed in West Midlands after lorry fire

Lorry Fire
Image caption Road haulage company Eddie Stobart said the driver had got out of the vehicle before the fire and was unhurt

Part of the M6 motorway in the West Midlands had to be closed northbound when a lorry caught fire.

The carriageway was closed between junction seven for Walsall and junction nine for Wednesbury at about 16:00 GMT, the Highways Agency said.

West Midlands Fire Service said it had been called to a fire involving a lorry carrying a load of soft drinks.

The motorway has since reopened after two lanes at junction nine were closed to allow recovery work to take place.

The lorry's owner, the road haulage company Eddie Stobart, said the driver had got out of the vehicle before it caught fire and was not hurt.

The Highways Agency said drivers were facing delays of up to an hour and advised other motorists to avoid the area if possible.

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