Stoke & Staffordshire

Sports drinks tins 'explode' in M6 lorry fire in Staffordshire

The lorry Image copyright Highways England
Image caption Central Motorway Police Group tweeted that tins were 'exploding' in the fire

A fire in a lorry carrying tins of sports drink powder, which then started to explode, has closed part of a motorway.

Fire crews were called to the M6 between junctions 14 and 15 northbound, near Stafford Services, at about 05:13 GMT.

Central Motorway Police Group later tweeted that some of the tins "are still exploding".

The carriageway was shut in the morning. Two lanes have since reopened.

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Image caption Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said the lorry was carrying white goods, grain and Easter eggs
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Image caption The stretch of motorway was closed in the morning
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Image caption Crews assess the extent of the damage following the blaze
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Image caption Resurfacing work would probably have to be carried out on one lane and the hard shoulder, Highways England said earlier

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said the lorry was carrying Easter eggs, along with floor tiles, white goods and grain and the driver was out of the vehicle at the time and suffered shock.

A spokesman said the fire started at the back of the lorry and early indications were that it was "to do with the brakes".

Highways England said at just before 07:30 GMT one lane past the scene had been opened to release "trapped traffic" but later closed again.

The closure was also leading to delays on surrounding routes.

Image caption One lane reopened initially

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