Car destroyed in blaze on dual carriageway

The scene of the fire. Picture by John Stirzaker
The scene of the fire. Picture by John Stirzaker

A CAR was destroyed in a late-night fire on a dual carriageway.

Fire crews were called to the East Lancs Road near Astley at around 11pm on Friday following reports a vehicle was well alight in the inside lane.

They found a Ford Focus which had been heading towards Manchester engulfed by flames and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze.

The incident caused lengthy tailbacks as motorists did not want to drive past the flames, resulting in a queue around three quarters of a mile long by the time the fire crews arrived.

The woman who had been driving the car told firefighters she could smell smoke as she was driving and put her hazard warning lights on but as she was pulling over spotted flames and immediately got out of the car.

She was unhurt but the car was totally written off.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) attended the scene to supervise the recovery of the vehicle and the incident also caused some damage to the road surface with pieces of plastic from the car fusing to the carriageway.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services (GMFRS) said: “The driver was a bit shaken and obviously disappointed to lose her car but otherwise she was fine.

“She did the right thing, as soon as she saw the flames she stepped aside, did not go back to the vehicle and called us.

“There was quite a lot of traffic built up but once the fire was out it started filtering through. Fortunately at that time of night there wasn’t any major disruption.”

The firefighters left the scene around 12.20am on Saturday.