A1(M) closed in both directions due to lorry fire

THE A1(M) has been closed in both directions due to a lorry fire. The incident is between the A6136 Gatherley Road (Catterick[1] North) and A66 / A6108 / Middleton Tyas Lane (Scotch Corner). York Press:

Firefighters at the scene of the blaze on the A1(M). Picture: North Yorkshire Police Diversions have been put in place.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue tweeted: “Richmond appliance, water bowser from Boroughbridge and 2 Darlington appliances are in attendance at the lorry fire on the A1 North.” Pictures showed fire ravaging the truck’s cabin, but a spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said there had been no injuries. He said: “They have managed to sort (the fire) out before it took all the straw.

“It did cause a lot of havoc on the A1 with it being closed in both directions.” Parts of the road had been gradually reopened later in the morning, he added. Highways England released the following advice for motorists travelling north: “Motorists are advised to follow the ‘Solid Diamond’ diversion symbol.

“Exit the A1(M) northbound at J51 and take the A6055 to the roundabout with the A684. “Take the A684 eastbound and then join the A167. “Follow the A167 through Northallerton[2], Little Smeaton and Great Smeaton until the A66/A67/A167 roundabout.

“Take the second exit to the A67 (Carmel Road South), then the B6280 (Carmel Road North). “At the roundabout take the A68 and rejoin the A1(M) at J58.” Sub-zero temperatures swept across the UK on Thursday morning, with the mercury dipping to freezing levels in areas such as Suffolk, Gloucestershire, Cumbria, Devon and northern Scotland, the Met Office said.

It follows a fatal pile-up on the A40 in treacherous conditions on Wednesday morning, which left one woman dead and many injured. The Met Office issued a “yellow” fog warning for much of England, which said visibility could drop below 100 metres in some areas. It said: “Combined with temperatures below freezing, there is also the risk of ice forming on some untreated surfaces particularly later in the night and early on Thursday morning.

“The fog patches are expected to slowly thin during Thursday, although some patches may persist throughout the day – most likely in a zone from the West Country to Eastern England.” A spokesman said on Thursday morning that fog had been recorded across England and was particularly thick in areas such as Lincolnshire. The AA urged “extreme caution” for those heading out on the roads, adding that extra time should be allowed, tyres properly inflated and screens adequately de-iced.

Spokesman Ian Crowder said: “We have got the worst possible conditions really, of fog and icy roads, and that can be lethal.

“I think the message is extreme caution and to prepare for the worst and make sure all windows are clear.”

He added that failure to do so could “lead to disaster”.

References

  1. ^ Catterick (www.yorkpress.co.uk)
  2. ^ Northallerton (www.yorkpress.co.uk)

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