Traffic was stopped on the M6 southbound this morning following a collision involving four cars and one van.
The incident took place on the southbound M6 between junction 23, Haydock, and 22 Newton Le Willows.
Two lanes along the M6 northbound had also been closed for a short while.
Three lanes were closed along the southbound carriageway until around 7.45am.
Motorway police reopened two lanes of the southbound carriageway, leaving one lane closed to allow for the recovery of the fire damaged vehicle.
All lanes reopened just after 9am.
A Highways England Tweet said: "Traffic has been stopped on the #M6 southbound between J23 and J22 due to a vehicle fire & road traffic collision involving 4 cars and 1 van. 2 lanes now closed northbound."