Driver shares explosive moment car fire closes motorway slip road

Captured by Stephen Duffy <i>(Image: Stephen Duffy)</i>
Captured by Stephen Duffy (Image: Stephen Duffy)

A driver on his way home from work has shared the explosive moment a car fire closed a motorway slip road at the Horwich Interchange.

Stephen Duffy says when he was on his way home from a job and as he came up to Junction 6 on the M61 he saw a car fire right in front of him.

He says he first saw the car at around 7pm last night (Monday January 23)  and that no one had called the fire crew, and so he called them.

Stephen said: “I was driving home from a job and was coming off at Horwich where I live when I saw the car right in front of me already on fire.

“You couldn’t get past in these two lanes because of how bad it was.

“I used my van to block the road.”

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Firefighters from Bolton Central and Horwich stations were called at around 7pm last night.

At the time the fire crews found the car ablaze and closed the slip road to make the scene safe.

A spokesperson from Greater Manchester Combined Authority said: “Crews from Horwich and Bolton Central attended to a car fire which was blocking the slip road from Junction 6.

“They were there from around 7pm and remained on the scene for around an hour.”

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The Bolton News: Captured by Stephen Duffy

Captured by Stephen Duffy (Image: Stephen Duffy)

The car was evacuated, and no injuries have been reported as a result of the fire.

Fire crews remained on the scene until around 8pm until the slip road was able to be reopened again.

The nature of how the blaze happened is yet to be confirmed.

Drivers have been advised to always take care, particularly when travelling on the motorway.

Anyone who witnesses a fire or any other kind of emergency on the motorways or elsewhere has been urged to call the emergency services on 999 as soon as it is safe to do so.

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