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M62 motorway carriage closes after reports of explosions from burning lorry

Credit: Rob Collinson

A motorway carriageway on the M62 near Leeds has been closed after reports of explosions coming from a burning lorry.

Firefighters found a trailer unit ablaze in the early hours of this morning and believe the sounds had come from the vehicle's tyre bursting due to the heat.

Police shut the eastbound carriageway between junction 28 at Tingley and junction 29 at Lofthouse and warned commuters to avoid the area.

Crews are currently in attendance dealing with a fire involving the trailer of a Heavy Goods Vehicle.

Numerous calls were received stating explosions coming from the vehicle, but on arrival this has proved to be the tyres of the vehicle that were exploding due to heat.

The trailer unit is well alight and crews are currently using three hose reel jets and two breathing apparatus and are setting up a water shuttle to ferry water to the incident.

– West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service