M6 shut for three hours after lorry bursts into flames

This was the scene on the M6 this morning when a truck burst into flames.

The dramatic image was captured by traffic cops as the southbound carriageway was shut off between junctions 16 for Bathomley and junction 15 for Hanchurch while emergency services descended on the area.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service[1] took to social media at around 3.30am this morning to confirm that three engines were at the scene where firefighters were making ‘good progress’ in tackling the blaze.

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Meanwhile traffic officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) were also at the scene and said it was the second of two separate vehicle fires they had attended on the network during the night.

Highways England put out an alert to motorists via Twitter at 2.35am to say that all traffic had been temporarily stopped while the blaze was tackled.

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Later updates confirmed there would be no access to the southbound carriageway between junctions 16 to 14 while ’emergency resurfacing works’ were carried out.

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By 5.40am and one lane was shut before all lanes were back open by around 6.10am.

The cause of the fire has not yet been revealed.

It is not known if anyone suffered any injuries during the incident.


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