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M6 motorway in West Midlands reopens after lorry fire

Lorry Fire
Image caption The Highways Agency said drivers faced delays of up to an hour at the time

The M6 motorway in the West Midlands has reopened after being partly closed following a lorry fire.

The road was shut northbound between junction seven for Walsall and junction nine for Wednesbury at about 16:00 GMT on Wednesday, the Highways Agency said.

West Midlands Fire Service said it had been called to a fire involving a lorry carrying soft drinks.

The motorway reopened overnight after two lanes at junction nine were closed to allow recovery work to take place.

The lorry's owner, the road haulage company Eddie Stobart, said the driver had got out of the vehicle before it caught fire and was not hurt.

The Highways Agency said drivers faced delays of up to an hour.

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