Smoke has been sent billowing across the M6 at Preston after a major vehicle fire.Advertisement
The motorway now has three lanes reopened northbound where the M6 meets the M55 at junction 32.
Highways England has released pictures showing thick plumes of smoke and flames from a van on the central reservation.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.
Related: Aerial pictures show extent of van fire damage
The incident happened around 12noon on Saturday (28 May), closing the motorway completely for around 40 minutes.
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— Tom Dodd (@stokietom) May 28, 2016
Delays of an hour and a half stretching back to Junction 27 as holidaymakers head for Blackpool and the Lake District, and normal traffic conditions are not due until 2.45pm.
Related: Police helicopter pinpoints motorists using hard shoulder to escape delays
The motorway is expected to fully reopen between 3pm and 3.15pm. Roads around Barton, Broughton and Fulwood are severely congested as motorists attempt to find alternative routes.