M6 reopen after serious crash

By Chris Willmott 13/08 Updated: 16/08 11:33

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision which closed the M6 on Monday afternoon.

It happened on the southbound carriageway near to junction 4a, at the link with the M42, at around 2.25pm and involved a 38-tonne lorry, a white Vauxhall Combo van and a silver horsebox.

The northbound carriageway of the motorway was re-opened at approximately 8.30pm while the southbound carriageway re-opened at around 11.40pm.

Two people were airlifted to hospital with serious injuries, a 49-year-old man from Walsall, who was the driver of the van and a 40-year-old woman from Oswestry, who was the driver of the horsebox.

Both remain in a serious condition in hospital today.

The horsebox had been carrying three horses at the time of the collision. One suffered fatal injuries and the other two were tended to by a vet at the scene.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact them and particularly they are keen to hear from anyone who saw the Vauxhall Combo van and horsebox prior to the collision.

Witnesses should call West Midlands Police on 0121 322 6098.

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