Fire alert after smoke is spotted coming from tanker on the M61

The M61 close to junction nine, pictured at 10.29am today by a Highways England traffic camera (Picture: Highways England)
The M61 close to junction nine, pictured at 10.29am today by a Highways England traffic camera (Picture: Highways England)
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Three fire engines and crews were called to the M61 motorway near Chorley after smoke was seen coming from the wheels of a tanker.

They used a water jet on the vehicle, which was carrying 'plastic particles' and pulled over onto the hard shoulder, at around 9.45am, a fire service spokesman said.

The small fire was thought to have involved either a tyre or brake, the spokesman added.

Traffic England said one lane was closed because of a 'broken down vehicle with a brake issue'.

Nobody was hurt, and traffic was not thought to be badly affected by the incident, which happened on the southbound carriageway.

The fire engines - two from Bamber Bridge and one from Chorley - were called out by the Highways Agency.