Crash on M42 leaves man seriously injured
Part of the southbound carriageway of the M42 in Warwickshire and Staffordshire was shut for up to six hours after a six-vehicle crash.
Emergency services were called to the incident between junctions 10, for Tamworth, and 9, near Curdworth, at about 09:00 BST.
Some delays of at least an hour and a half were reported, but the stretch reopened at about 15:00 BST.
Six people were treated, including a man with serious injuries.
He was airlifted to hospital.
Warwickshire Police confirmed three cars, two vans and an HGV had been involved in the crash.
'Extricated from wreckage'
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "The driver of one van, a man in his 20s, was trapped in his vehicle and was unconscious.
"He had sustained a serious head injury and suspected pelvic injuries.
"The team of ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to carefully extricate the man from the wreckage whilst he continued to receive the very best treatment.
"The man was released after around 40 minutes."
He was then flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
The five other patients suffered minor injuries "ranging from whiplash to back pain", the spokeswoman added.