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Commuters faced with traffic troubles

TRAFFIC chaos ensued in north Solihull this week, following major accidents on both Wednesday and Thursday morning.

TRAFFIC chaos ensued in north Solihull this week, following major accidents on both Wednesday and Thursday morning.

The first crash - which saw six lorries collide- took place at just after 10am on Wednesday. The pile-up happened on the northbound M6 and caused lengthy tailbacks along both carriageways of the motorway.

Following the smash, two men were taken to hospital for treatment.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “On arrival the crews found a scene that had the potential to have many casualties. There were six lorries that had all suffered significant damage - one had left the road and gone up the embankment. There was also oil over the road.

“Thankfully, despite the damage to the cabs, none of the drivers was trapped. After all of the drivers were assessed, two men were taken to Heartlands Hospital by land ambulance with relatively minor injuries; one was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board as a precaution.”

And there was more misery for commuters in the rush hour yesterday. A chemical spillage forced police to close the A452 Chester Road, Castle Vale causing heavy congestion on both carriageways of the Collector Road and the M6 Junction 5 northbound.

The accident had happened after a car collided with a LGV lorry. No-one was hurt in the collision, but the woman driving the car was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Solihull News reporter Simeon Bright was among those caught up in the jam on the way to work.

“That stretch of the journey is usually very clear whatever time of day, but it took me around an hour to travel 200 metres along the Collector Road,” he said.

 

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