Lorry full of potato waffles bursts into flames on M6 causing hour-long delays

A LORRY carrying a load of potato waffles burst into flames on the M6 this morning. The fire on the hard shoulder of the northbound carriageway at the Thelwall Viaduct resulted in delays of around an hour following the incident shortly before 7.15am today, Wednesday.

Police have confirmed that the driver was not injured as a result of the incident between junction 20 at Lymm and junction 21 at Woolston. Pictures from the scene appeared to show that the HGV was transporting potato waffles. Lorry full of potato waffles bursts into flames on M6 causing hour-long delays

A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said shortly after 9.30am: “Firefighters are continuing to shuttle water to the scene and are now tackling the fire using two hose reels. “A recovery vehicle is currently at the scene waiting to remove the vehicle. “Plans are being put in place to remove the contents of the lorry.”

Lorry full of potato waffles bursts into flames on M6 causing hour-long delays The exit slip road at junction 21 is currently shut, as are two lanes of the main carriageway. Recovery work is ongoing, with traffic tailing back to junction 19 at Knutsford.

Delays are also reported on the southbound carriageway back to junction 23 at Haydock due to vehicles slowing down to look at the scene.

The M6 northbound was fully shut for around an hour before reopening at 8.30am.

Updates to follow.