Tanker fire causes traffic misery for Latics fans

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

Saturday, 5th May 2018, 2:38 pm
Updated Saturday, 5th May 2018, 6:56 pm
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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."

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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.