UPDATED: A47 re-opens between Uppingham and Glaston following crash resulting in HGV fire

A person was airlifted to hospital following a crash and fire on the A47 between Uppingham and Glaston on Friday afternoon (February 22).

Accident on the A47 near Uppingham Photo: Lee Hellwing (7386955) Accident on the A47 near Uppingham Photo: Lee Hellwing (7386953)

East Midlands Ambulance Service said one patient was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry with another patient treated at the scene. The crash involving a HGV and a car happened at 2.50pm. This resulted in both vehicles going up in flames with large black smoke seen in the area.

The car was travelling westbound with the HGV driving eastbound. Another lorry driver, who didn’t want to be named, was travelling behind the lorry involved in the collision. “It (the lorry) exploded straight away,” he said.

“The back end of my unit is all charred from when I drove past. “I’ve been driving for 19 years and haven’t seen anything like that for a long time. “It was absolutely horrible.

“I’m still trying to process it now. “I just feel sorry for the lorry driver and the car driver.” Five fire crews are at the scene, including one from Uppingham and one from Oakham.

The two drivers involved have been removed from their vehicles but police were unable to say whether they were injured.

Ambulance crews are also at the scene.

Dermot Gallagher told the Mercury he heard three loud explosions and saw black smoke rising, while he was in his garden in The Beeches, Uppingham, just a short while ago.

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