A303 still a part closed after 20-tonne hay lorry fire

Part of the A303 remains closed since after 20-tonne hay lorry fire yesterday. This morning, at 11am, roads and traffic monitoring service Inrix said one westbound lane remained closed for repairs – and that “traffic is extremely bad. queueing back through Whitelackington.” Six fire engines from around Somerset, plus additional appliances from Exeter, were called in to tackle the blaze at South Petherton, on the Ilminster bypass in Somerset.

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said they were called just before 3pm. “Fire Control mobilised Martock and Yeovil appliances to a reported car fire. “Subsequent calls indicated that this was a hay lorry on fire and a second Yeovil appliance with Exeter water carrier was mobilised.

“On arrival the incident commander confirmed lorry well alight and requested a further 3 appliances and a telehandler to assist operations; these pumps came from Crewkerne, Chard and Yeovil and the telehandler from HQ in Exeter.”

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In an update at 17:43, the fire service said: “Articulated lorry with 20 tonnes hay well alight, 2 jet, 1 foam jet, with additional water being supplied from the bulk carrier. “Being unloaded use fire service telehandler. Anticipate road closure for 4-6 hours, joint operations with Police and Highways regarding recovery of vehicle and debris.”

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