Driver tackles blaze on M62

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Fire crews were mobilised at 4.04 am today(Wed) after a vehicle caught fire on the M62.

An Elland firestation spokesman said an HGV driver heard a loud bang and initially thought a tyre had exploded but then noticed a fire in the tractor unit under the engine.

He detached his trailer from the unit and used a dry powder extinguisher to put the blaze out.

Crews made sure the vehicle was safe and the cause was a fracture in the engine compartment which led to oil spraying and catching fire.

Police and highway officials arranged for the vehicle to be removed and traffic was not affected.