Lorry Fire closes the A5 in both directions

Monday, 21st October 2019

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

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

Although the fire is on the East Bound carriageway, the West Bound carriageway has also been closed by emergency services while they work at the scene.

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

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

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

Smoke can be 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.

The A5 is likely to remain closed for several hours due to the recovery of the vehicle and the potential resurfacing of the carriageway.

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. Likewise, traffic from Mile Oak towards Lichfield is flowing freely, but if you are heading from Glascote, you will need to exit at Ventura.

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