Lorry driver arrested after M6 crash left motorist injured

A lorry driver has been arrested after a collision with a van closed a West Midlands motorway.

The 55-year-old was detained on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, following an incident on the M6 at about 1.15am, on Friday, police said.

Pictures of the scene from the fire service showed the mangled remains of a Mercedes Sprinter van, following a collision with a truck.

Van driver rescued
The driver of the van was freed by firefighters, and is being treated in hospital (West Midlands Fire Service/PA)

The 54-year-old van driver has been taken to hospital with serious injuries, West Midlands Police said.

West Midlands Fire Service said crews had to free the man from the wreckage before he could be treated by paramedics.

There were long delays for commuters, with the southbound carriageway closed between Spaghetti Junction, and junction 5 for Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, until just before 9am to allow for investigation and clear-up.

Police are now appealing for witnesses and dash cam footage to help their inquiries.

Lorry driver questioned
A lorry driver is being questioned by police, following the crash (West Midlands Fire Service/PA)

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, of West Midlands Police, said: "This was a serious collision on a main route into Birmingham.

He added: "We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area, particularly those who may have dash cam footage, and can assist us in our investigations."

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