Hereford & Worcester

Lorry fire partly closes M5 in Worcestershire

The lorry on the M5 in Worcestershire was filled with waste foam
Image caption The lorry on the M5 in Worcestershire was filled with waste foam

A motorway was partly closed after a lorry caught fire.

The northbound M5 in Worcestershire was shut between junctions 4A and four. The link road from the M42 southbound to the M5 was also closed.

A large lorry caught fire and several fire engines were sent to the scene. Motorists were warned to keep windows shut because of the smoke.

The carriageway has partly reopened and is expected to fully open at 0600 GMT on Thursday, the Highways Agency said.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said it had been called to the fire just after 0450 GMT.

The fire in the lorry, which was loaded with waste foam, was brought under control by about 0710 GMT but crews remained at the scene damping down to ensure the blaze was fully extinguished.

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