The driver whose car broke down on a Midland motorway was killed when he was hit by a lorry.
The wagon ploughed into the stationary car between Junction 12 of the M6 at Gailey and the 11A turn-off for the M6 Toll, in Staffordshire, in the early hours of yesterday.
The man died at the scene after the car burst in to flames. Police have yet to formally identify the driver and are urging witnesses to come forward.
They were forced to close the southbound M6 near Walsall and brought rush-hour chaos for drivers heading back to work after the Easter holiday.
The crash happened less than two days after a biker was killed on Bristol Road South in Rubery when his Suzuki motorcycle hit a lamppost.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene at 5.20pm on Easter Sunday but nothing could be done to save the rider.
Touching floral tributes were left by the side of the road. One message from his daughter read: “To Daddy, I’ll always love you and I’ll always look up to you and respect you, please remember that. I’ll always love you, from your daughter Sophia.” A man also died on Cobden Street in Wollaston, Stourbridge, yesterday when his car hit a garden fence.
No one else was injured. Meanwhile, a motorcyclist who died when his bike crashed in Glascote Road, Tamworth, at 4.15pm on Monday was named yesterday as Nigel Patrick Nicholson, aged 45, of Deep Lane, Nether Whitacre, near Coleshill, Warwickshire.