UPDATE: Van fire closes one lane on M6

The lane was closed for around one hour.
Pic: Highways England

The lane was closed for around one hour. Pic: Highways England

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A lane was closed on the southbound M6 following a vehicle fire, say Highways England.

Fire services and police attended the incident at junction 32 at around 5.00am this morning.

The accident happened at Junction 32
Pic: Highways England

The accident happened at Junction 32 Pic: Highways England

Two engines from Preston and Fulwood attended the blaze which completely destroyed a Ford Escort van, say fire services.

The lane was closed for around 30 mins while emergency services dealt with the fire.

Firefighters used two hose-reel jets to extinguish the blaze.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said: "The driver was alerted to a problem by a passing HGV who saw smoke and sparks coming from the van driver's vehicle.

The incident happened at junction 32
Pic: Highways England

The incident happened at junction 32 Pic: Highways England

"We believe this fire started accidentally in the engine compartment of the van. Thankfully, the driver was able to escape his vehicle quickly.

All lanes have now re-opened.

Nobody was injured during the incident.