How a puncture led to massive lorry fire which shut A55 for hours

A stretch of the A55[1] had to be closed for hours after a major lorry fire on Anglesey[2]. Emergency services shut the dual carriageway between Junction 4 for Llangefni[3] and Junction 6 for Rhosneigr[4] after a lorry caught fire at around 2.30am on Tuesday. The road was shut in both directions until just before 5.30am while firefighters battled the blaze.[5]

A fire service spokesman said: “We were called to a HGV fire on the A55[6] near Junction 5 at 2.28am. “Three fire engines attended – two from Holyhead[7] and one from Rhosneigr[8].

The lorry caught fire on the A55

“Nobody was hurt in the incident.” The fire service have said that the blaze was caused when the tyre on the near-side rear wheel was punctured before catching fire.

Images from the scene showed flames engulfing the lorry on the westbound carriageway of the road, with further pictures showing the destroyed vehicle after the fire was put out.

How a puncture led to massive lorry fire which shut A55 for hours

Police kept the westbound carriageway of the road completely closed until around 10am, while recovery crews removed the vehicle and cleared the road.

After reopening one lane of the westbound carriageway, the force said: “As you can imagine there was some clearing up to do.

How a puncture led to massive lorry fire which shut A55 for hours

“Thank you all for your patience.”

One lane remain closed until the road was completely cleared by 12pm.

References

  1. ^ A55 (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  2. ^ Anglesey (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  3. ^ Llangefni (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  4. ^ Rhosneigr (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  5. ^ just before 5.30am while firefighters battled the blaze. (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  6. ^ A55 (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  7. ^ Holyhead (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  8. ^ Rhosneigr (www.dailypost.co.uk)

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