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M42 reopen nearly 10 hours after lorry overturned

Solihull Editorial 24th Apr, 2014 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

Part of the M42 near Solihull was closed for nearly ten hours after a lorry overturned and spilt diesel on to the motorway.

The northbound carriageway of the motorway was closed between junctions 4 and 5, after the spillage just before 2am on Thursday morning (April 24).

A diversion was been set up as the highways agency and the fire service cleaned up 50 litres of the lorry’s diesel off the carriageway.

Traffic was diverted off the motorway using the A34 Stratford Road to rejoin the M42 at J5 and was reopened just before 12.30pm.

The trapped driver of a lorry was helped out through the windscreen of the cab by the emergency services.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The driver was trapped for a short time.

“Although he could stand up within the cab, he wasn’t able to get out until firefighters removed the windscreen.

“The driver was complaining of back pain and some discomfort in his left leg.

“As a precaution, he was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.”

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