Miles of queues on the M6 have caused rush-hour chaos across Coventry and Warwickshire following a huge lorry fire.
Highways England bosses have warned that delays are likely for some time following the HGV trailer fire on the M6 between Junctions 2 (Coventry) and J1 (Rugby).
The southbound carriageway is closed as a result of the fire and a resulting spillage of ‘various corrosive chemicals.
At one point the northbound carriageway was also closed but this has now reopened.
This is not only causing hold-ups for traffic already on the M6 but also for drivers trying to access the motorway from surrounding roads, leading to pressure on alternative routes.
In fact, motorists are being told to expect at least an extra half an hour to be added onto their journeys.
In a statement, Highways England said: “Drivers wanting to use the M6 in Warwickshire between Junctions 2 (Coventry) and 1 (Rugby) are being advised that the southbound carriageway is closed due to an HGV trailer fire.
“The incident happened earlier this morning, and caused debris and a large spillage across both sides of the motorway.
“The northbound carriageway has now reopened following work by Highways England teams together with the emergency services to release the earlier trapped traffic on and clear the debris.
“The southbound carriageway remains closed whilst recovery work is ongoing by attending personnel from Highways England, the emergency services, and specialist contractors.
“It is likely to remain closed for some time whilst this work continues and will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.
“Southbound road users are advised to follow the ‘hollow triangle’ for the diversion routes.”
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service crews from Bedworth and Nuneaton stations as well as the water bowser from Coleshill responded to 999 calls made about the severe lorry fire at just before 3.30am this morning (November 5).
They remain on the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) spokesperson said: “One of our vehicles, an ambulance, came across the lorry fire at 3.22am on the M6. No patients required treatment and the crew was cleared from the scene.”
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