Stoke & Staffordshire

Tanker fire closes M6 at Junction 16 for Stoke-on-Trent

Tanker on fire Image copyright Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption The tanker had a hole in the side after the fire

A fuel tanker broke down and then caught fire forcing the closure of a stretch of the M6 in Staffordshire.

The Hoyer Group's diesel carrier came to a halt on the northbound hard shoulder at junction 16 for Stoke-on-Trent at about midday but the rear later burst into flames.

The motorway has reopened with one northbound lane closure and there are delays, said North West Motorway Police.

The driver of the tanker was unharmed.

A Hoyer Group spokesman said: "A detailed investigation will be undertaken to establish the cause of the incident and any learnings."

Image copyright Cheshire Police
Image caption The southbound carriageway reopened after drifting smoke cleared
Image copyright Cheshire Police
Image caption The northbound carriageway opened by 16:30 BST

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