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The moment a car bursts into flames on the M61

Written by on August 2, 2020

Dramatic video footage has captured the moment a car burst into flames on the hard shoulder of the M61 this morning (August 2).

The incident happened at around 8.45am on the southbound stretch of the motorway, near junction six for Bolton north.

Emergency services were called and crews from Greater Manchester Fire Service spent around an hour tackling the blaze – reports the MEN.

It is believed the owner of the vehicle managed to escape without any injuries.

Footage from the scene shows the car engulfed by flames, with smoke bellowing from the vehicle.

One lane of the motorway had to be closed for most of Sunday morning, whilst traffic officers helped to clear the scene.

It is not yet clear what caused the fire.

Crews spent an hour tackling the fire (Image: Monika Raul)

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire Service said: “We were called at 8.45am this morning to reports of a car fire on the M61 south between junction five and six.

“One fire engine from Horwich attended and another from Bolton.

“They found a fire involving a car on the hard shoulder. Crews were on scene until about 9.25am.

“The owner of the vehicle remained at the side of the vehicle to assist.”