'Careless fag end thrown from vehicle' caused devastating M5 lorry fire

The owner of a haulage company believes a huge M5 lorry fire was started by a “careless fag end thrown from a passing vehicle”. Around 14 tonnes of hay went up in flames after a fire erupted in a tractor unit at around 6pm on March 13. The incident on the southbound motorway between junction 20 (Clevedon) and junction 21 (Weston-super-Mare) caused huge queues on the motorway.

All lanes were closed as police and firefighters tackled the blaze.

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Terry Doidge, who has run TR Doidge since 1991, told Devon Live how one of his trailers has been totally destroyed due to the massive blaze. It has been estimated around GBP20,000 of damage was caused by the fire.

14 tonnes of hay in flames

Terry shared on Facebook: “Careless fag end thrown from a passing vehicle this evening has caused chaos on M5 at rush hour and ruined our favourite trailer. “Idiots.

Very grateful for very quick reaction from driver Tony who ran back to uncouple the trailer and saved the lorry. Crews from Avonmouth, Clevedon, Nailsea, Temple, Portishead and Bedminster fire stations were all called to a tractor unit.

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Terry added he was not at the scene and it was his driver Tony who alerted him to the situation. He said: “It was a driver of mine.

You see it all the time with people throwing fag ends out of the window. It’s an accident waiting to happen. “He was flagged down by passing vehicles.”

Tony managed to save the HGV from any serious damage with his “very quick reaction” by uncoupling the trailer. A spokesperson from Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews from Avonmouth, Clevedon, Nailsea, Temple, Portishead and Bedminster fire stations were called to a tractor unit carrying 14 tonnes of hay on fire on the motorway hard shoulder. “On arrival, firefighters used two high-pressure hose reels and two 45mm jets to extinguish the fire.

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“The crews were also assisted by the Service’s Portishead community responder.

“Lanes one and two of the motorway were cordoned off for some time, where hay has spilt onto the carriageway, but lane three remained open to allow vehicles to pass.

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