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Drivers suffer day of misery as seven-vehicle crash leads to two hour delays on the M6

By Jack Averty | Great Barr | Transport | Published:

Drivers faced delays of more than two hours after a seven-vehicle crash shut a stretch of the southbound M6 today.

The crash. Credit: CMPG

The crash happened between Junction Seven for Great Barr and Junction Six for Birmingham and involved seven vehicles, including lorries and cars.

Originally all four lanes of the southbound carriageway were closed and one lane northbound after the crash around 11am.

As the day progressed the northbound lane and two of the southbound lanes reopened, but the remaining two lanes did not reopen until gone 3pm - by which time traffic had backed up to Junction 10a for the M54.

West Midlands Ambulance Service attended the crash – sending three ambulances, a paramedic officer and an air ambulance – but there were no serious injuries.

Jamie Arrowsmith, a spokesman for the service, said: "We were called at 10.04am to reports of a multi-vehicle RTC including cars and lorries.

"We have details of three patients - a man in his 60s who was in one of the cars. He was fully conscious and out of the car when we arrived, but had back and leg injuries and was taken to Sandwell General Hospital.

"A Woman in her 50s was treated for head and foot injuries and taken to City Hospital, while a teenage woman had minor injuries and was discharged at the scene."

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The crash added to what was a morning of misery on the M6 near Birmingham.

Three lanes of the Aston Expressway heading into the city were closed during rush hour leading to traffic backing up onto the M6 and long delays.

Elsewhere on the region's roads, there have been long tailbacks on the M5 after a crash between two lorries shut an entry slip road.

Jack Averty

By Jack Averty
Senior Reporter - @javerty_star

Reporter with the Express & Star, based at head office in Wolverhampton

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