M6 traffic latest: Car fire forces lane closure sparking long queues for Easter travellers | UK | News


Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service confirmed firefighters rushed to the scene to deal with the fire, which sparked on the M6 Southbound between J16 to J15. They wrote on Twitter: “#sandyford and #newcastle currently dealing with a car fire on the M6 Southbound between J16 to J15.”  

The firefighters added officials from Highways England were also in attendance. 

They continued: “One lane closed but still running well.” 

Other reports of queues and slowdowns on the M6 continued to flow throughout Easter morning. 

Twitter account Tamworth Informed published a picture showing motorists outside of their cars at a complete standstill near the M6 toll northbound.  

They added: “M6 Toll North Bound is at a complete standstill just before main Toll Plaza. People out of cars.

“If you are out of your vehicle, please get back in, you may need to move your vehicle for Emergency Services.” 

Motorists rushed to social media to find out what was going on on the road. 

One wrote: “Any idea what is going on with the #m6toll #M6”  

The lane has been reopened less than one hour after the M6 toll incident was announced. 

One motorist who had remained trapped in the traffic wrote on Twitter: “On the move now, a simple drive into the toll booth by the looks of things, as you do. #stillhadtopay #m6 #m6toll” 

This comes after a 1979 Aston Martin DBS went up in flames last night on the M6, forcing its closure from J2 towards J1 southbound.  

The fire completely destroyed the car, but all the people inside were safe, according to officials at Warwickshire Police Operational Patrol Unit. 

After reopening the lane at 10.15pm, they wrote: “The M6 is now open and running again.

“All occupants are fine, unfortunately there’s one less DBS from 1979 on the road.” 

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