Burnley driver escapes motorway fireball

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A Burnley driver escaped unhurt when his car burst into flames on the motorway.

The man jumped out of his Vauxhall Vectra which caught fire along the M65 in Burnley.

He spotted flames shooting from the engine after the vehicle lost power on the westbound slip road at Junction 10 at Gannow Top.

The vehicle was well alight when fire crews arrived around 11-30pm on Thursday night.

Acting crew manager Lee Pickup, of Burnley Fire Station, said: “The driver was coming up the slip road when the car lost power. He could see flames and got out of the car. He had tried to stamp them out but then decided to call the fire service in.

“The engine had caught fire and it was well alight when we got there. It had started to melt the dashboard.

“The car was undrivable and the front end was totally burned away.”

Firefighters extinguished the flames using a hose reel but the car was left badly damaged.

Fire crews are unsure what caused the fire but believe it may have been a problem with the engine oil.

The section of road was shut off for around an hour while the vehicle was recovered.

Motorway police said the driver was found to be uninsured.