Dramatic moment M6 motorway splattered with canned fruit after lorry crash explosion

Shocking footage shows the moment cans of fruit exploded from the back of a lorry engulfed in flames on the M6.

The lorry, carrying hundreds of tins of fruit, overturned and burst into flames in Staffordshire on February 27.

Highways England warned that passing vehicles could be hit after the lorry caught fire and the tins began popping due to the heat.

The incident happened between junction 14 for Stafford North and junction 15 for Hanchurch, reports Stoke on Trent Live.

Both carriageways were closed from around 3pm due to safety concerns.

Pictures showed an upturned lorry on its side smouldering, with a plume of smoke visible from neighbouring rural areas.

A Highways England spokesman said: “The vehicle that has caught fire is carrying canned fruit which is popping due to the heat and has the potential to hit any passing vehicles.”

An overturned lorry was ablaze on the northbound carriageway, emergency services said.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was still attempting to extinguish the fire after it prompted authorities to close the M6 in both directions.

The northbound carriageway was closed overnight and into Sunday morning.

A diversion was put in place for resurfacing work to be completed.

Motorists were being diverted along the A500 through Stoke-on-Trent and the A34 as they attempted to get back onto the M6.

The motorway has now reopened.

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