Traffic was halted on a section of the M62 following a lorry fire.
Highways England says traffic has been temporarily halted on the westbound carriageway between J29 M1 (Lofthouse) and J28 A650/A653 (Tingley) with vehicles backing up to J30 A642 (Rothwell).
The agency said the vehicle involved is a large HGV. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is on the scene working to bring the blaze under control. A diversion is in operation. All lanes are closed with traffic flow not expected to return to normal until about 6.30pm.
Contractors on the scene
Contractors are working hard to get the motorway clear.
Frustration isn't the word I guess
It seems that things still aren’t moving on the M62. Hope it gets sorted quickly but that’s no consolation if you’ve been stuck for a couple of hours.
It's a bit of a mess
The clean up operation could take some time, according to Highways England.
Delays expects for hours yet
Highways England says the M62 is unlikely to be completely clear util between 10.15 and 10.30 tonight following the lorry fire. One lane of four is open at present
One lane reopened on M62
Three lanes remain closed and speed restriction of 40mph are in force following the lorry fire. Lanes one, two and three remain closed and traffic is “stop start”
Slip roads reopening
Following the M62 lorry fire, the entry slip and link roads from the M1 are now being opened and traffic is coming through. Highways England hopes to have the main carriageway open asap
Motorway to reopen soon
Here’s the latest from Highways England
Highways England update on M62 fire
Highways England says it expects one lane to re-open soon following the lorry fire on the westbound carriageway as fire crews are damping down
M62 fire - more details emerging
First reports of a lorry on fire were received by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service at 4.01pm. The DHL lorry, understood to be carrying chipboard, was well alight. Firefighters are still at the scene and the westbound carriageway remains closed
Grin and bear it?
It’s not great for people stuck in the queues but the emergency services have to do their work. Please try to keep smiling.
Firefightrs continue to tackle M62 blaze
Firefighters are using two large jets and a hose reel to tackle the lorry fire on the M62. Watch commander Neil Walker said three crews are in attendance and are sourcing water from a hydrant in a nearby street. There are no reports of injuries.
Police video of what happened
Here’s a video from West Yorkshire’s traffic cops.
Be sensible people!
Easier said than done but please be patient while the fire service do their work. Driving down the wrong way on the motorway ain’t clever!
A specialist pump from Dewsbury fire station has been called to help firefighters from Hunslet and Ossett stations tackle the blazing HGV on the M62.
Three fire crews are in attendance supported by police and highways staff
Traffic still held
We’ll bring you all the latest updates on what’s happening. Fire crews are on the scene.