M6 motorway closed after pile-up
Four lorries, a car and a van were involved
One person is in a critical condition after a crash which has closed the M6 in Birmingham in both directions.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said seven people were taken to hospital after the collision at about 0600 GMT.
Four lorries, a car and a van were involved in the crash on the southbound carriageway between junction 6 and 7 at Spaghetti Junction and Great Barr.
The M6 is shut northbound between junctions 6 and 7 and southbound from 8 to 6. Long delays were expected.
West Midlands Fire Service said lanes should re-open soon.
The fire service freed three people from their vehicles and six crews remained at the scene cutting free another motorist, a spokesman said.