Major resurfacing works for part of M6 after man 'seriously injured' in three-lorry crash
A man with potentially serious injuries has been taken to hospital following a crash involving three lorries on the M6 in the early hours.
The road remains closed between J13 for Penkridge and J14 for Stafford with all four lanes to require resurfacing due to a significant diesel spill. The work will take place throughout the day until 9pm tonight.
National Highways has said it is hoping to open some lanes with reduced speeds this afternoon but has warned motorists of "severe" delays.
A spokesman for National Highways said: "The road surface has been damaged by diesel spillages to the extent all four lanes need to be resurfaced. That will take place under a full closure overnight tonight from 9pm.
"In the meantime we are planning off the top layer of the road so we can reopen the carriageway to traffic, albeit at a reduced speeds for safety reasons. That should happen in time for the evening peak."
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriage of the M6, between junctions 13 and 14, at 1.04am and sent one ambulance and two paramedic officers to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Upon arrival, crews found three lorries that had been in collision, all of which had suffered significant damage.
“The driver of one of the lorries, a man, was treated for potentially serious injuries before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.
“A second man was assessed and treated for minor injuries before being discharged at the scene whilst the third occupant of the vehicles did not wish to be assessed.”
There is congestion to Acton Trussell along the A449 heading into Stafford with diverting traffic.
Staffordshire Police are on scene leading a multi-agency response to the collision alongside National Highways traffic officers. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance did attend in the early stages of the incident but have since left.
Following the collision there was a substantial spillage of oil and diesel across the carriageway.
All four lanes have been treated using a high pressure cleaning method called hydro-blasting.
Traffic that was caught up within the closure has been released.
There are currently long delays of 45 minutes on approach to the closure at J13.
Northbound diverted traffic is advised to follow the hollow diamond diversion symbol.
Exit the M6 northbound at J13 and take the 3rd exit onto the A449, towards Stafford.
Continue along the A449 for approximately 3 miles into Stafford and and to the Queensway Island.
At the Queensway Island take the 3rd exit onto the A34, towards Stone.
Continue along the A34 for approximately 1 mile to the third roundabout (with the A5013 Eccleshall Road).
Take the 1st onto the A5013 and travel for approximately 1 mile M6 J14.
Take the 3rd exit to rejoin the M6 northbound.