A SALT tanker burst into flames on the M62 at rush-hour yesterday.
The driver of the lorry escaped uninjured after his cab burst into flames at 4.45pm.
The fire meant all three lanes of the motorway between junction 25 and 26 east bound were closed as fire crews tackled the blaze.
The driver had just pulled over on to the hard shoulder before the fire engulfed the 18 tonne truck.
Fire crews from three stations rushed to the scene near Hartshead Moor Services to tackle the flames.
Fire crews say the tanker contained nonhazardous table salt.
Firefighter Graham Laycock, from Brighouse Fire Station, said: "The cab was gutted and part of the tank was destroyed too.
"The driver was OK, he was able to pull the lorry over when it burst into flames and get to safety.
"But the whole of the cab was destroyed and the tank wasn’t looking too good when we left."
Brighouse fire crews were backed up by firefighters from Elland and Cleckheaton stations. They were there for almost two hours.
Crews covered the cab and lorry in foam and doused the scene with water.
West Yorkshire Police closed the motorway for 45 minutes then re-opened the second and third lane to rush-hour commuters.
The inside lane re-opened after two hours but traffic was backed-up for at least four miles.