UPDATED: Lorry fire blocks M6

Lorry on fire at M6 junction 32
Lorry on fire at M6 junction 32
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A huge HGV blaze has blocked the M6 just north of junction 32 at Preston tonight.

Fire and rescue services are on the scene after a lorry trailer caught ablaze just before 8.30pm on the northbound carriageway.

Police said there had been "things exploding" in the back of the trailer. They said nobody has been injured and that the driver was "safe" but authorities say the road surface will need "urgent repairs".

Police and highways agencies are warning drivers to avoid the area if at all possible.

Highways England said: "The HGV fire is very strong and traffic needs to be kept away from the scene."

Lancashire Fire tweeted: "We're currently attending a HGV fire on the M6 northbound between junctions 32 & 33. Both northbound and southbound carriages are closed as a result."

The huge lorry blaze

The huge lorry blaze

A diversion is in place, taking cars off the motorway at junction 32 at Broughton, and from the M55 up the A6 to junction 33 and southbound motorists are being rerouted at junction 33. However, some motorists are reporting they are stuck on the road and Highways England confirmed there had been a "block" put in place.

The southbound traffic was 'released' after a delay of more than an hour just before 9.45pm. Traffic stuck on the northbound carriageway could be turned around Lancashire Road Police said.

They said: "We are working to turn and release trapped traffic on Northbound M6. Please be patient and remain in vehicles."

Motorists have been trapped on the motorway at the scene of the fire. Photo: Highways England

Motorists have been trapped on the motorway at the scene of the fire. Photo: Highways England