South Scotland

Driver jumps clear of Lockerbie lorry fire

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Media captionThe A74(M) was closed after a lorry burst into flames near Lockerbie

A driver of a lorry which burst into flames on a motorway managed to jump to safety after spotting the blaze.

The man was driving on the northbound carriageway of the A74(M) near Lockerbie when he noticed the fire.

Police said he managed to "jump clear" onto the hard shoulder and escaped injury.

Officers closed the road in both directions between junctions 16 and 17 for a time and drivers were warned to expect delays.

Concerned motorists called 999 to report the fire which started at about 10:20.

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Four fire engines were sent to the scene and found the woodchip lorry "well alight".

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used high-pressure jets to tackle the blaze.

Diversions have been put in place and traffic is reported to be slower than normal.

A Traffic Scotland spokesman said: "Motorists are advised to approach with caution and allow for longer than normal journey times."

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