Updated - Police warn drivers as all lanes open on M62 after tanker fire

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All lanes of the M62 have re-opened after a tanker fire caused huge delays this morning - but police have issued a warning to drivers who were spotted reversing off the motorway to avoid the tailbacks.

Fire crews and police were at the scene on the westbound carriageway, between junctions 23 and 22, for several hours after the blaze.

The carriageway was reduced to just one lane at the height of the morning rush hour which caused delays back to junction 26 at Chain Bar.

The tanker spilled diesel across the carriageway - but the non-hazardous chemical it was carrying remained contained within the tanker.

Nobody was hurt during the incident, and all three carrigeways are now open after they were inspected for damage.

However, police have issued a warning to drivers who were seen reversing back down the slip road at junction 25, Brighouse, when they saw the traffic was queuing.

“This is a very dangerous and illegal manouvre and those caught doing it will be prosecuted,” said a police spokesperson.

Enquiries into what caused the fire are still ongoing.