Monday, 03 July 2017 06:40

Olympian Martyn Rooney and other athletics stars caught up in M6 gridlock after eight-vehicle crash

plainPolice arrest Brazil's cocaine kingpin Luiz Carlos da Rocha Some of Britain’s best athletes were among thousands of drivers stuck on the M6 in Birmingham on Sunday night after an eight-vehicle crash sparked huge delays.

Olympian Martyn Rooney and former 400 metres star Iwan Thomas were among those caught up in the jams following the accident.

It happened on the M6 southbound between junctions five and six, at Spaghetti Junction , at around 5.30pm and caused tailbacks all the way back to junction ten at Walsall .

Some drivers were pictured standing outside their cars on the carriageway as the gridlock showed no signs of easing.

West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic James Williams tweeted that “amazingly” only one person was injured.

The extent of their injuries was not known.

The athletes had been attending the World Championship Team trials at the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr.

Thousands of spectators who watched the action unfold were also affected.

Rooney tweeted a picture showing him stuck in the traffic southbound on the M6.

He tweeted: “Avoid M6 at all costs! #Birmingham.”

Broadcaster Thomas also tweeted to say he was stuck on the motorway.

He tweeted a picture and posted: “Avoid M6 southbound Birmingham J8/9 pile up big delays.. hope everyone OK apparently 12 cars involved.”

Pole-vaulter Holly Bradshaw said she was driving along the M6 when the collision happened.

Watch: Car bursts into flames on M6 near Spaghetti Junction

She tweeted: “I drove past this as it happened – nine-car collision.”

Highways England said motorists should expect long delays as they dealt with the incident.

The exact details of the crash were not immediately clear.

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