21st Jan, 2018

M5 shut in both directions at Bromsgrove junction after serious crash and fire

Tristan Harris 3rd Jan, 2018 Updated: 3rd Jan, 2018

THE M5 motorway is closed in both directions at Junction 4 (Bromsgrove) after a serious lorry crash and fire.

The driver was pulled from his cab by a passer-by and, after being assessed at the scene, he was taken to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a precautionary measure.

The passer-by, another man, was also checked over by ambulance staff having suffered with smoke inhalation.

He was given treatment on scene before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Eight fire crews from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service battled the blaze and the police are currently diverting traffic up and over the junction in both directions.

A Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said the call was received at 3.05pm.

“The incident is ongoing and the road will be closed for some time.

“We are urging people to avoid the area if they can,” she added.

An eye-witness told The Standard: “There are firefighters on the motorway bridge as well as the carriageway spraying water down onto the road in a bid to contain the flames.

“I couldn’t believe how much smoke there was – the air was thick with it.”

Highways England is advising road users to leave extra time for their journeys following the lorry fire on the M5.

Highways England emergency planning officer, Frank Bird, said: “We are working closely with the emergency services to assist them while they deal with the incident.

“As the fire is significant, we expect that the carriageway will need a detailed inspection and possible resurfacing work through the evening.”

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