A car driver has had a fortunate escape after his car left the M6 and went down a 20 foot muddy embankment.
The incident happened on the southbound carriageway about a mile past Stafford Services at about 5.15pm on Monday.
An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found the car at the foot of the embankment. Fortunately, the car hadn’t rolled over or hit anything on the way down or at the bottom of the embankment.
“The driver, a man in his 30s, was badly shaken and complaining of back pain.
“Initially, there was a concern that the patient would need to be brought up on a stretcher but he recovered sufficiently to be helped up the slope.
“After further assessment in the ambulance, he was taken to the County Hospital in Stafford as a precaution.”