Alarming images show the extent of a fire which engulfed an HGV on a busy East Lancashire link road.

On Wednesday afternoon, just after 1.10pm, two fire engines from Clitheroe were sent to the A59 at Sawley after it was reported an HGV was on fire at the side of the road.

Luckily, the driver managed to get out of the HGV before the flames completely destroyed the cab, and thanks to swift actions from the fire crews, the trailer and its contents were also saved.

As a precaution, the A59 was closed in both directions so that the highways teams and the firefighters could make the area safe again.

A spokesperson for the fire services said: "Two fire engines from Clitheroe were called to a fire involving a HGV on the A59 at Sawley.

"Firefighters used two hose reels and two breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire.

"The road was closed in both directions by the police whilst the highways team and firefighters made both the road and vehicle safe.

"No injuries were reported."

Later, posting images on Twitter, a spokesperson for Clitheroe fire station said: "HGV Fire this afternoon on the A59. Thankfully the driver got out safe.

"Thankfully managed to save the trailer and contents."