A DRIVER narrowly escaped serious injury when his car burst into flames near Scammonden reservoir.
The man was driving his Mercedes G Wagon on the M62 towards Leeds when the incident occurred at 3.20pm yesterday.
He was between Junctions 22 and 23 when his engine cut out and he noticed flames coming from the sides of the car.
He pulled on to the hard shoulder and got out of the car, minutes before it burst into flames due to an electrical fault.
Firefighters from Elland and Manchester got on the motorway using an emergency crossing point under the road.
They managed to tackle the fire before it spread to the dual-fuel car's liquid petroleum gas cylinder.
Elland watch manager Peter Rushby said: "If the cylinder had got on fire it would have been a very dangerous firefighting situation.
"The gentleman was safe, but the only thing he did wrong was to try and stop the traffic on the motorway, which could have been dangerous."
Police stopped traffic while the incident was dealt with - but at 3.55pm the Manchester and Elland fire crews were back on the scene to deal with another accident.
Mr Rushby said the build-up of traffic created by the road closure had resulted in a car colliding with the back of a tanker carrying 40 tonnes of petrol.
An ambulance crew attended, but the three occupants of the car escaped with minor injuries. They were taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for check-ups.
No petrol leaked from the tanker.