A LORRY driver had a narrow escape when his lorry burst into flames on the M62.
The driver, on his way to Manchester from London, was travelling along the motorway on Saturday morning.
He reached the stretch at Scammonden, between junction 22 and 23, when he noticed smoke coming into the cab and pulled over.
As soon as he got out of the vehicle, the cab burst into flames.
The fire spread down the empty curtain-sided lorry.
Fire crews from Elland and Huddersfield attended the scene.
Watch manager Peter Rushby said: "The driver did the right thing by pulling over and getting out.
"He was very lucky."
Crews closed two lanes of the motorway for 30 minutes while they fought the blaze.
Watch manager Rushby added: "It appears the fire started when something plugged into the auxiliary cigarette lighter became faulty.
"This set fire to bedding in the sleeping compartment of the cab.
"Inside the cab there was a small camping gas cylinder. These act like little bombs when they are in a fire.
"By getting out and doing the right thing the driver prevented a situation which could have become much worse."