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UK News M74 traffic chaos as lorry catches fire on motorway

17:30  29 june  2020
17:30  29 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The lorry caught fire on the eastbound carriageway of the motorway between junction 18 for Bath and the Chippenham turnoff at junction 17. Highways England said the road was closed in both directions for an hour on Good Friday. Firefighters from Dorset & Wiltshire and Avon fire and rescue

A lorry fire has caused severe disruption to traffic on the M 74 motorway in South Lanarkshire. Police and fire services were called to J7 Larkhall at 0720 BST on Wednesday. The northbound carriageway is down to one lane and there are tailbacks of about six miles to J9 Draffen.

a train on a track with smoke coming out of it: Shocking pictures showed black smoke billow from the scene this morning. © M74 Traffic Reports Shocking pictures showed black smoke billow from the scene this morning.

A lorry caught fire on the M74 sparking an emergency response.

The blaze ripped through the vehicle at around 9.30am this morning near Lockerbie.

Pictures show black smoke billowing from the scene after the truck was pulled onto the hard shoulder.

The road was partially closed off to drivers as firefighters tackled the flames.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

No one is believed to have been injured.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We were alerted at 9.27am on Monday, June 29 to reports of a lorry on fire on the M74, near Lockerbie."

"Operations Control mobilised three appliances to the scene, where firefighters extinguished the fire and worked to make the area safe

"Crews thereafter left the scene.

"There were no casualties."

Traffic Scotland said: "On Monday, 29th June, at 09:43:32 on the A74(M) J16 Johnstonebridge - J17 Lockerbie North lanes 1 and 2 (of 3) southbound, are currently restricted due to a vehicle fire.

"Drivers are advised to use caution on approach."

Police Scotland have been contacted for comment.

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