Five people have been killed in a collision involving a lorry and a car on the M6 in Staffordshire. Southbound carriageway expected to be closed for some time, police say, after 4.30 am a collision between lorry and car.
Four females and a male, all believed to be adults, in a Nissan Micra died in the crash between junction 15 for Stoke-on-Trent and 14 for Stafford. The lorry driver, a 60-year-old West Midlands man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
A sixth person is serious but stable following the southbound crash. It said recovery and clean-up work had been completed. The lorry driver was uninjured in the collision.
The stretch of motorway was shut after the crash at about 04:30 BST, before reopening around lunchtime. There were still long delays back to junction 16 at about 12:30, Highways England said. A detailed investigation into the collision had begun.
Drivers spent more than four hours driving just over five miles. This stretch of the M6 is notorious for fatalities.