Lanes closed as car bursts into flames on M6 during morning rush hour
TWO lanes have been closed on the M6 after a car burst into flames this morning (June 7).
The incident happened at around 9.30am on the southbound carriageway by junction 19.
Highways England closed two lanes as a result of the fire, which was initially reported as being a lorry, with delays of up to 30 minutes.
The remains of the car following the fire
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were called to the scene just before 9.30am, sending engines from Lymm and Middlewich.
A spokesman said: “Firefighters attended to a vehicle fire on the M6 southbound between junction 19 to junction 18.
“The car was located on the grass verge of the motorway.
“Highways England closed lanes one and two as a precaution.
“Wearing two breathing apparatus crews used two hose reels to put out the flames.
“Crews checked the temperature using the thermal imaging camera and continued to damp down.”
North West Motorway Police confirmed the driver of the car managed to escape unhurt.
“Thankfully the driver is ok and not injured at all which is great news.
“Recovery is being arranged.”
The delays stretched back more than six miles with the average speed of traffic approaching the incident travelling at around 10mph.
The #M6 southbound #J19 (#Northwich #Macclesfield #Knutsford #A556) to #J18 (#HolmesChapel #Chester #Northwich #Middlewich) 2 lanes have been closed due to a lorry fire. Traffic Officers & @CheshireFire are on their way to the area. pic.twitter.com/Q54oZ6fc62
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