M6 northbound closed as crews tackle tanker fire at J16

06/04/2016 - 14:03

M6 junction 16 northbound

Two fire engines from Crewe and one from Sandbach

Firefighters were called to a tanker fire on the M6 northbound at J16 near Crewe. The crews, four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, used a hose reel jet and a foam line to tackle the blaze. Nobody was trapped in the vehicle.

The M6 was initially closed in both directions -and drivers were advised to avoid the area.

A small amount of diesel had leaked from one of the tanker's six compartments so crews  covered the area with a foam 'blanket' and they blocked the drains to prevent diesel entering them.

The fire is believed to have started due to a blown out tyre.

The Environment Agency were informed

Mike Anderson, Group Manager for Prevention and Protection said: "The crews did a great job and were able to stop the fire spreading to the load of this vehicle. They also worked hard to contain the fluid and prevented it from entering drains and nearby land."

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Last updated: Thursday 07 April 2016

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Diesel tanker and foam blanket
Firefighters tackling the diesel tanker fire on M6 at J16
Photo of damaged tanker taken by Station Manager Mark Bushell