Motorists were caught in rush-hour misery yesterday morning after a crash brought one of the busiest commuter routes into Birmingham to a standstill.
At least four cars and a lorry were involved in two separate collisions which blocked the out-of-city stretch of the A38(M) Aston Expressway.
Two cars were left facing the wrong way following the crash near Spaghetti Junction at about 6.30am.
Long queues stretched back towards the Queensway tunnels as the emergency services dealt with casualties who escaped with minor cuts and bruises.
Meanwhile, hundreds of commuters heading into Birmingham from Erdington and Sutton Coldfield and from the south along the M6 were caught in lengthy jams.
Tailbacks on the northbound M6 stretched from Spaghetti Junction for more than three miles to junction 5 at Castle Bromwich and traffic also built up from Gravelly Hill and the A38 Tyburn Road.
The cause of the Expressway collision, which involved two BMWs, a Ford Focus, people carrier and an HGV, is being investigated by police.