A lorry fire which shut a Midlands motorway for 16 hours after melting the road may have killed dozens of fish in a nearby river.

Fire covered the carriageway and burned so hot it melted more than 600 square metres of tarmac before the blaze was extinguished.

The southbound section between junction 13 (Stafford south) and junction 12 (Cannock) was closed following the accident about 01:30 BST.

The closure comes as many of families take to the road on the first day of the summer holiday getaway.

Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) said the M6 would be closed south-bound from junction 13 near Stafford until about 1pm today “to allow resurfacing work to take place”.

The HGV involved was carrying non-hazardous but flammable liquids, according to Highways England.

Dramatic footage of the truck which caught fire at about 1.30am has also emerged showing the ferocity of the blaze with explosions amid the wreckage and flames spilling across the carriageway.

Five miles of queues were reported and some people were stuck for six hours.

The fire was under control by 3am.

He said: “We were just heading home, when we came across the truck at about 1.45am”.