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M6 in Stoke-on-Trent closed after 5 people die in accident involving lorry and car

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Police have arrested a lorry driver after five people were killed in an M6 smash.

The 60-year-old trucker will be quizzed by police on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The arrest follows a collision between a lorry and a Nissan Micra car on the southbound carriageway between junction 14 for Eccleshall and junction 15 for Hanchurch at 4.30am today.

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Now Staffordshire Police have revealed four women and one man travelling in the Micra were killed in the collision.

A sixth person today remains in hospital in a ‘serious’ condition.

The southbound section of the M6 reopened by lunchtime.

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A police spokesman said: "We are currently trying to trace the next-of-kin of the casualties and formal identification has not been done.

"A detailed investigation into the incident has begun."

Anyone with any information about the crash should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 68 of May 24.

Video credit: John Kennett.

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