M6 closed after truck transporting propane gas cylinders catches fire

The M6 was closed after a lorry carrying gas cylinders caught fire. The motorway in Cheshire was closed in both directions between junction 19 and junction 20 due to the large vehicle fire, a spokesman for Cheshire Police said. The spokesman said: “The incident involves a light goods vehicle carrying a number of propane gas cylinders which is well alight.”

Six fire crews were sent to the scene after the fire was reported at about 2.40pm on Wednesday. A statement on the North West Motorway Police Twitter account said the driver and passenger of the vehicle were not injured.

Truck fire on the M6 between J20 and 19

A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, were using hose reel jets to fight the fire from a safe distance. The northbound carriageway has now reopened but there are still lane closures on the southbound carriageway.

Highways England said the closure was causing delays of about an hour. This is a live breaking news story and will be updated below with the latest details as we get them. Follow our blog for the updates.

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