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A lorry went up in flames on the M62 causing long delays

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Live: M62 closed again in West Yorkshire after lorry erupts in flames

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The M62 in West Yorkshire was closed for several hours following a lorry fire.

Both carriageways of the busy motorway were closed between junctions 21 (Milnrow) and 22 (Rishworth Moor) after the lorry went up in flames on Monday, August 10.

Live: M62 closed again in West Yorkshire after lorry erupts in flames

The heavy goods vehicle caught fire on the eastbound carriageway, but the westbound carriageway was also closed due to large amounts of thick black smoke.

Emergency services urged drivers to avoid the area, and a clearly signed diversion was put in place

  • Delays expected for several hours13:21

  • Photograph of the fire12:32

  • What’s happened?12:27

19:49

Video of burnt shell of lorry

This video of the burnt out lorry that blocked the M62 was shot by Ben Morris, who was trapped on the motorway for four hours.

Read what Ben had to say here.

19:34

Three lanes closed on eastbound side

The Eastbound carriageway was closed for a second time, but reopened to lane four of (four) only. Lanes one, two and three are closed to help recover the vehicle that was involved in the fire, and to help survey the extensive damage at the side of the road.

18:06

M62 shut in both directions again

The M62 has been fully closed for a second time. This is to help recover the vehicle that was involved in the fire, and to help survey the extensive damage at the side of the road.

16:57

Huddersfield buses delayed by M62 crash

First West Yorkshire buses have tweeted to warn passengers there are currently delays on their Huddersfield network.

15:43

Statement from fire service

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service said:

We were called to a fire involving a HGV at around 11.11am on Monday, 10 August, between junctions 21 and 22 on the M62 Eastbound.

Six fire engines, from Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire, attended the incident.

A large goods trailer and cab were well alight on the hard shoulder when fire crews arrived.

Crews used two jets, two hose reels and four breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire. United Utilities attended with water tankers.

Fire crews are still in attendance.

15:35

Westbound carriageway opens

Our travel partner INRIX has reported that the westbound carriageway is now open again.

“The westbound carriageway has now reopened and westbound delays are beginning to ease. The eastbound remains closed at this time.”

14:57

Fire has been extinguished

The fire has been extinguished, but both carriageways remain closed.

14:51

Boys seen playing football on M62

This is the moment when two boys started playing football on the M62 after it was closed by emergency services responding to a lorry fire.

Rozalia Rushfirth, who filmed the incident, said: “I can’t believe people can be so stupid.

“I’ve seen people playing football on the carriage way when emergency vehicles are zooming up and down, people walking their dogs and others letting small children on the road.”

14:14

Traffic map shows severe delays

13:46

What’s the latest?

The M62 is still closed in both directions and the diversion route is gridlocked.

Avoid the area if you can.

We have contacted West Yorkshire Police for more information on the lorry fire.

13:23

Shocking photo shows carriageway covered in smoke

13:21KEY EVENT

Delays expected for several hours

Highways England is telling drivers to expect severe delays for several hours.

It states: “Normal traffic conditions are expected between 3.45pm and 4pm on August 10.”

13:15

Firefighters on the scene

Fire crews are still battling the fierce blaze and the M62 remains closed.

13:06

Diversion route ‘gridlocked’

The traffic reporting service INRIX says the diversions route, which runs via Newhey and Denshaw, is currently “gridlocked”.

13:01

Trapped drivers urged to remain in vehicles

Highways England traffic officers are releasing the drivers who have been stuck on the eastbound carriageway since the fire broke out.

12:48

Smoke seen from miles away

12:36

Miles of congestion

In a statement, Highways England said: “There are currently approximately five miles of congestion in both directions approaching the closures.

“Additional journey times also expected on the diversion routes.

“Road users may wish to consider alternative routes and are advised to allow extra time for their journey.”

12:32KEY EVENT

Photograph of the fire

The lorry caught fire on the M62 on Monday morning

12:31

Diversion in place

A clearly signed diversion is in place.

Drivers are being told to follow a route that will take them along the A61393, the A640 and the A672.

You can find more information about the diversion here.

12:27KEY EVENT

What’s happened?

The M62 is closed in both directions between junctions 21 (Milnrow) and 22 (Rishworth Moor) after a lorry caught fire.

The heavy goods vehicle caught fire on the eastbound carriageway shortly after 11am and the westbound carriageway is closed because it is covered in smoke.

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