Chaos on M6 as lorry carrying tinned fish erupts into fireball

A lorry packed full of tins of fish burst into flames forcing the M6 to shut for three hours.

The incident happened in the early hours of this morning on the southbound carriageway between Junction 16 A500 (Stoke-on-Trent/Crewe) and Junction 15 A500 D Road (Stoke-on-Trent).

Three fire engines tackled the raging fireball after Highways England alerted drivers just after 2.35am on Friday, reports Cheshire Live[1].

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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[3] they had attended on the network during the night.

Officers also shared a dramatic picture of the incident, showing the HGV well alight, with parts of the lorry melted and huge plumes of black smoke in the air.

At around 5.50am, a spokesperson for CMPG said: “Not the ‘hot’ summer night D Unit were hoping for. This was the second of two separate vehicle fires we attended on the network with @StaffsFire and @HighwaysWMIDS. M6 currently closed at J16 S/B, diversion in place.”

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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.

Currently, traffic management system Inrix states two lanes are still closed due to recovery work of the lorry and its load of tinned fish, but traffic is coping well.

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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References

  1. ^ reports Cheshire Live (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
  2. ^ READ MORE: Millions who had AstraZeneca vaccine could be hit by summer holiday blow (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  3. ^ fires (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
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