One carriageway on the A5 re-opens following lorry fire

Monday, 21st October 2019

A MAJOR road through Tamworth was closed in both directions this afternoon, due to a large fire involving an HGV.

The lorry caught fire on the eastbound carriageway of the A5, between the exits for Mile Oak and Ventura Retail Park today (Monday) shortly before 1400 BST.

Although the fire was on the eastbound carriageway, the westbound carriageway was also closed by emergency services while they work at the scene to extinguish the fire.

Shortly after 1600 BST, we received confirmation that the westbound carriageway (towards Lichfield) has been re-opened to all traffic.

We would ask that anyone travelling on this side of the carriageway does so sensibly and avoids ‘rubbernecking’ which often causes further incidents.

The A5 eastbound carriageway is likely to remain closed for several hours due to the recovery of the vehicle and the potential resurfacing of the carriageway. We will update you when we have been informed it has been re-opened.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that crews from Tamworth, Lichfield and Cannock were tackling what they described as a large fire in a lorry. Crews used two main jets to fight the fire.

SFRS asked members of the public to avoid the area and keep windows and doors shut as a precaution due to a considerable amount of smoke.

It is believed that there are no injuries and that the incident involves just one vehicle.

Smoke was seen billowing into the sky from the scene and we have had reports of the smoke being seen in Drayton Manor Park and reports of explosions heard from the scene.

Traffic away from Ventura Retail Park towards Glascote is flowing freely, but if you are travelling from Lichfield, you will need to exit at Mile Oak.

Traffic from the M42 towards Lichfield is flowing freely but there are a number of delays on the surrounding roads due to the carriageway closure.

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