UPDATE: Van fire closes one lane on M6

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

Friday, 21st April 2017, 8:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 8:19 pm
The lane was closed for around one hour. Pic: Highways England

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

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.

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The accident happened at Junction 32 Pic: Highways England

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.

"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.

The incident happened at junction 32 Pic: Highways England

Nobody was injured during the incident.

The accident happened at Junction 32 Pic: Highways England
The incident happened at junction 32 Pic: Highways England