Hereford & Worcester

M5 reopens after nine-hour gridlock near Droitwich and Worcester

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Image caption Highways England said queues stretched back seven miles

The M5 has reopened after thousands of motorists were stranded for almost nine hours because of a fuel spillage.

More than 100 litres of hydraulic fluid damaged the road on the southbound carriageway between junctions five and six near Droitwich and Worcester.

Drivers were gridlocked in seven miles (11km) of delays with queues stretching back to junction four.

Highways England said the fluid, which came from a lorry that drove off, has now been cleaned up.

The road was closed at 16:00 BST on Wednesday and reopened at about 00:50 on Thursday.

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