Warning of delays after M62 motorway verge catches fire

Delays are expected on the M62 today after a blaze broke out on the side of the motorway.

The M62 fire

A grass verge at Scammonden, between Junctions 23 and 24, has caught fire, leading to delays as smoke billows across the highway.

These photos have been sent in by Twitter user @the_rollingaxle, who said: "The M62 at Scammonden is on Fire. No fire engine on scene, traffic backed up due to the Gawkers."

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Motorists are advised to avoid the area. The fire is ongoing as of 2.30-3pm.

The M62 fire.

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service has been contacted for comment.

More to follow.

The M62 fire. Photo: @The_rollingaxle/Twitter