There are delays on the M61 after a lorry carrying 20 tonnes of pet food caught fire.
The southbound carriageway has been completely closed southbound between junction six at Bolton and junction eight at Chorley.
Two lanes of the northbound carriageway are also closed and drivers are being warned to expect long delays.
The driver of the lorry escaped unhurt, North West Motorway Police confirmed.
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