Lorry fire melts 640 square metres of M6 Motorway Back
On Saturday night, a lorry fire closed the M6 for 16 hours between junctions 12 and 13 in Staffordshire.
Police report the fire blaze melted a section of the motorway due to intense heat. The fire coincides with the summer holiday season. Thousands of holidaymakers see their holiday delayed as result of the blaze.
Highways England told North West Fire Solutions: "The M6 southbound between junction 13 (Stafford south) and junction 12 (Cannock) has fully re-opened after an earlier severe HGV fire and subsequent extensive resurfacing work."
"Highways England would like to thank motorists for their patience during this lengthy incident."
Above: no that’s not snow in July! The fire crew used foam based extinguishers to put out the fire.
It took workers 16 hours to rebuild the section of motorway. The motorway was reopened at 3 pm on Sunday afternoon. Parts of the M20 were also closed.
The RAC predicts the incident affected 2.9 million people’s journey.
An ice cream van even took advantage of the chaos by selling produce to punters stuck in the resultant traffic jam.
The Environment Agency identified 160 dead fish in a nearby river. It is believed the fire was the cause. The lorry carried dangerous chemicals which escaped during the fire into the local river.