Tanker fire causes traffic misery for Latics fans

The latest image from Highways England
The latest image from Highways England

One lane is now open on the M62 after a tanker fire grounded Latics fans travelling to Doncaster.

Traffic came to a halt this afternoon (Saturday) after the M62 was shut in both directions between J21 and J22 following a severe lorry fire.

Highways England have announced that one lane is now open following heavy delays all afternoon.

The latest tweet reads: "#M62 now has 1 lane open westbound between J22 and J21 following the severe HGV fire. Two lanes remain closed for ongoing recovery work to remove the burnt out HGV."

Around 4,000 Wigan Athletic fans set out for Doncaster this afternoon to watch the last game of the season where a draw or win against Rovers would see them clinch the league title.

A couple of hours after the incident, Highways England began to allow trapped traffic off via a nearby slip road.