Live: M6 still shut in Staffordshire amid fears exploding fruit could hit cars

The M6 remains closed in both directions for safety reasons tonight – amid fears exploding fruit could hit passing cars.

Both carriageways – between junction 14 for Stafford North and junction 15 for Hanchurch – have been closed since around 3pm this afternoon.

It was triggered by a lorry carrying canned fruit fruit which overturned and then set on fire on the southbound carriageway.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service remain at the scene.

Now motorists are being diverted along the A500 through Stoke-on-Trent and the A34 as they attempt to get back onto the M6.

It is not yet known when the M6 will reopen.

A Highways England spokesman said: “The M6 in Staffordshire is closed northbound between junctions 14 and 15 due to a collision and a vehicle fire.

“It is also blocked southbound while emergency services work at the scene alongside Highways England traffic officers.

“Please allow extra time for your journey if travelling in the area or consider alternative routes.”

Follow our live blog below for the latest on the M6 closure as it happens.

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