Lorry fire closes M62 in Greater Manchester

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Lorry fire on M62Image source, GMFRS
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The blaze broke out between junctions 21 and 22

A lorry has caught fire on the M62 in Greater Manchester, closing a section of the motorway.

The vehicle went up in flames on the eastbound carriageway between junctions 21 and 22 near Rochdale just after 11:00 BST.

Traffic has been stopped and emergency crews are at the scene. The blaze caused queues of five miles (8.4km) in both directions.

Motorists were asked to stay in their vehicles and not try to turn around.

Image source, Highways England
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The fire caused long queues in both directions, Highways England said

Six fire engines, from Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire, were sent to the blaze and crews used two jets, two hose reels and four breathing apparatus to put it out.

United Utilities also sent water tankers.

Traffic within the closed area of the motorway is in the process of being turned around to exit at junction 21 and the westbound carriageway has reopened.

Drivers have been asked to avoid the area.

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