A LORRY driver's day went from bad to worse and finally complete disaster - snarling up the M62 for about 15 miles.
His lorry loaded with furniture had broken down.
A tow truck hitched it up and was heading west on the M62 towards Manchester when the lorry being towed caught fire at 1.20pm yesterday.
But the fire was rung into the 999 system by people who did not know where on the M62 they were, so firefighters were sent off in the wrong direction.
When they finally reached the burning lorry it was well alight and the heat damaged the back of the tow truck as well.
The blaze was so severe two lanes of the motorway were closed and by mid-afternoon tailbacks were stretching back to Ainley Top, about 15 miles away.
Crew manager Phil Courtnell from Heywood Fire Station in Greater Manchester, said: "We think an electrical fault must have started the fire in the cab.
"If one of the emergency phones had been used instead of mobile phones, we would have known immediately where the fire was.
"All the emergency phones have numbers on them.
"We had to use three hose reels and breathing apparatus to tackle the flames.
"But at least the recovery driver had managed to steer onto the hard shoulder."