A55 driver relives terrifying moment his lorry was engulfed in flames

A lorry driver had a lucky escape after his vehicle burst into flames on the A55. The truck, which was loaded with tarmac, was travelling along the expressway at Caerwys at around 8.30am today when the driver realised there was a problem. He told North Wales Live that he pulled over after believing one of the tyres had got a puncture – but the problem was much more serious.

The driver said that soon after he stopped the lorry it burst into flames – and he quickly had to make his escape. He managed to get out of truck uninjured but had to watch from the roadside as the fire engulfed the vehicle. Dramatic photos and videos show huge, fierce flames ripping through the front of the vehicle which sent thick black smoke billowing across the carriageway.

Lorry fire on A55 at Caerwys

Both sides of the A55 were closed with police urging motorists to avoid the area, as firefighters battled the blaze.

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North Wales Police tweeted: “A55 road closed Eastbound J31 Caerwys vehicle on fire.

Westbound onslip also closed due to smoke issue. Please avoid the area where possible” Vehicles travelling westbound were diverted off the A55 at J32 for Holywell before that side of the carriageway re-opened at around 9am.

A55 driver relives terrifying moment his lorry was engulfed in flamesLorry fire on the A55 at Caerwys

The eastbound carriageway remained closed with Traffic Wales warning that clean-up crews were needed to mop up oil and fuel from the road.

Huge queues built up during the incident with traffic backed up to teh bottom of Rhuallt Hill.

Both lanes of the eastbound carriageway were re-opened at around 10.45am – however, the slip road at J31 remains closed so that the lorry could be recovered from the scene.

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