Stoke & Staffordshire

M6 in Staffordshire reopens after 'serious' crash

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Image caption The Highways Agency says the road re-opened earlier than expected

The M6 southbound in Staffordshire has reopened after a "serious crash" closed the road.

Two lorries collided between junctions 16 and 15, at about 02:40 GMT, on the southbound carriageway.

Staffordshire Police said one driver had been taken to hospital, while two men, aged 39 and 42, had been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and having an insecure load.

The Central Motorway Police Group is investigating the crash.

The Highways Agency said the road had reopened earlier than planned.

Martin Stott, duty operations manager at the agency, said: "I am glad to say the southbound carriageway has re-opened.

"We have cleared the vehicles and temporarily repaired the damage to the road surface."

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