- M6 blaze: dramatic pictures show lorry fire so fierce it melted motorway
The summer holidays began with traffic misery for thousands who got stuck in lengthy queues on the busy M6 after a ferocious blaze melted the road
A lorry fire which closed the M6 motorway for repairs after the ferocity of the blaze melted the tarmac Photo: Central Motorway Police Group/PA
By Elizabeth Roberts
12:48PM BST 18 Jul 2015
A six mile stretch of the M6 was closed southbound between junction 13 (Stafford south) and junction 12 (Cannock) following a blaze across all lanes of the carriageway shortly after 1.30am this morning.
Holiday getaway drivers caught up in long delays on the M6 on Saturday (SWNS)
Staffordshire Police said repairs to the carriageway are expected to take until 4pm, with motorists being urged to divert to the M1 instead.
The incident came the day after schools broke up for the summer and many families headed off on holiday.
In a statement on its website, Highways England said: "The M6 southbound is closed between junction 13 (Stafford south) and junction 12 (Cannock) due to a severe HGV fire which engulfed all lanes of the carriageway shortly after 1.30am this morning. "The intensity of the fire has caused extensive damage to the carriageway and resurfacing is required."
Long queues on the M6 (SWNS) There were reports of motorists getting stuck in lengthy tailbacks as a result. At 10.30am, one motorist reported three-hour-long queues.