M62 shuts after HGV bursts into flames

Motorists were being warned to expect delays on the M62 tonight as the emergency services respond to a lorry fire. The westbound carriageway of the motorway was closed between junction 21 and 22 near Rochdale after the incident at about 6.30pm. The motorway was closed in both directions but traffic on the eastbound carriage was released shortly afterwards.

Transport for Greater Manchester tweeted earlier: “VEHICLE FIRE – M62 J21-22 Westbound . “TRAFFIC STOPPED in both directions while Emergency Services attend scene. “Please use a different route if possible.

Delays building quickly.” There were long delays on the motorway with two lanes of traffic on the westbound carriageway released just before 7.40pm. This is a breaking news incident.

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