A HGV passenger suffered serious injuries after a collision with another lorry which has closed part of the M6.
West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) has confirmed that it took medical staff and firefighters two hours to release the injured man.
He was trapped inside a HGV he was passenger in after it was involved in a collision with another vehicle on the M6 between junctions two and three.
It was a delicate operation by WMAS staff and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service officers to free the man from the vehicle.
The Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire was on standby at the scene.
Once he was released, he was assessed before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman explained: “On arrival crews discovered two lorries that had suffered significant damage in the collision.
“In one of the vehicles, which had suffered front end damage, a man, who was the passenger, was found to be trapped as a result of the damage caused.
“Ambulance staff worked closely with colleagues from the fire service to free the man, a process which took more than two hours.
“He was treated for serious, but not thought to be life-threatening injuries, before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.
“The two lorry drivers were uninjured in the incident and both managed to get themselves out of their vehicles. They were assessed and discharged at the scene.”
Huge traffic delays remain on the stretch of closed motorway as of 5.45pm as the clean-up operation following the collision, which happened at just after 2pm, continues.
Highways England has warned that traffic is tailing back to Junction One and delays could last up to 90 minutes.
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Man seriously injured in M6 crash - took officers two hours to free him