Burning gas tanker on M56 in Cheshire poses risk of explosion

The Guardian: World News

Propane-filled tanker in flames on hard shoulder near Ellesmere Port causes trains to be stopped and air traffic controllers to be warned to keep planes away

Trains, planes and cars have been diverted away from a burning gas tanker on the hard shoulder of the M56 near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, while firefighters attempt to douse the flames.

The motorway was closed in both directions between junctions 12 and 15 and a 1,500m cordon set up around the propane-filled tanker. Motorists were evacuated from their vehicles and taken to a safe distance.

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