Four killed in M6 crashes

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Four people died and six others were injured yesterday in two multiple pile-ups which brought chaos to busy stretches of the M6 motorway.

Three of the deaths came when three lorries and two cars were involved in a collision between junctions nine and 10 near Wednesbury, West Midlands, at about 6.15am. A lorry driver and the driver of one car were confirmed dead at the scene and a second truck driver died later at Walsall Manor Hospital, a West Midlands Police spokesman said. The fourth victim died in a pile-up shortly afterwards near Garstang, Lancashire. The crashes caused tailbacks of up to 40 miles.