Lorry fire on M5 in Worcestershire leads to nearly four miles of queues

There were long delays on the M5 in Worcestershire after a lorry caught fire.

Traffic was temporarily stopped while emergency services deal with the incident on Monday lunchtime.

All traffic was stationary on the northbound carriageway near Worcester.

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The closure led to queues of more than three miles of traffic.

Emergency services were called to the northbound side of the M5 just after 12.45pm on Monday when a lorry burst into flames.

It happened between Junction 8 (for the M50) and Junction 7 (Evesham and Worcester).

West Mercia Police temporarily stopped all traffic heading north and there were three fire engines at the scene.

National Highways West Midlands has tweeted about the incident.

It said: “Traffic has temporarily been stopped due to a lorry fire northbound from J8 to J7.

“Traffic officers and West Midlands Fire Service are currently at the scene.

“Maintenance crews are on their way to the area to assist.”

They warned that severe delays had now resulted.

In a tweet they said: “Please be aware that this M5 northbound incident is causing delays of 30 mins above normal journey time for this time of day.

“There is approx. 3.5 miles of congestion on approach. Please allow plenty of extra time for your journey if you are travelling in the area.”

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Hereford and Worcester Fire Service said the incident was causing disruption.

A spokesman said: “Two crews – one each from Worcester and Upton-upon-Severn – were called at 12:46 on 18 October to a lorry on fire on the M5 northbound between junctions 8 and 7.

“One compressed air foam system jet is being used to fight the fire.

“All three lanes northbound were closed with police also in attendance. The incident is currently ongoing as of 1.30pm.”

Traffic monitor Inrix is warning drivers of the hold-up.

It says: “Two lanes closed and queueing traffic for four miles due to lorry fire on M5 Northbound between J8 M50 and J7 A44 (Worcester / Evesham).

“Travel time is 25 minutes.

“Lanes one and two (of three) are closed. Just prior to 13:10 all traffic was held for just over 10 minutes.

“The camera shows that there are three fire engines at the scene.”

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