Motorists in shock after lorry burst into flames on A66

MOTORISTS were left shocked after a lorry carrying paper burst into a raging inferno on the A66 eastbound. Both lanes of the road were closed as firefighters from stations across the area fought the flames on Tuesday evening. The closure affected the route between the A5091 and Lane Head Farm.

The driver of the HGV escaped unharmed without any serious injury it was confirmed. Crews from Penrith, Keswick and Shap attended. The incident happened near Troutbeck, which is located close to Penrith.

Motorists faced significant delays and the road was only opened fully at 4am the next morning. On Wednesday a spokesman for Penrith Fire Station said: “Last night at 6.50pm Penrith attended a HGV on fire which was carrying paper. “Penrith were assisted by crews from Keswick, Patterdale, Shap and also the water bowser.

“They used breathing apparatus, CAFS, a compressed air foam system, and hose reels to extinguish the fire.” Crews were at the scene for about six hours. Andrew Lowes, station manager at Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, with responsibility for ‘Cluster 3’ stations.

These include Penrith, Shap, Lazonby and Patterdale on Twitter said: “This is a great example of the emergency services and our partners working effectively together to serve the people of Cumbria. “Highways England and Egertons Recovery have worked all night to minimise disruption on the A66 following a HGV fire. “Thanks to all.”

It was one of a number involving lorries to affect the county’s roads since the beginning of the week. On Monday at 4,42pm three fire engines attended to a incident on the M6 southbound between Junction 42 and 41. According to the fire and rescue service: “A fire involving the brakes of a heavy goods vehicle was extinguished using one hose reel.

“Crews remained on scene for nineteen minutes.” On Tuesday afternoon the A69 at Low Row, west of Brampton was closed for a short time after a HGV overturned. The road was closed to allow emergency services to recover the lorry.

At the time a spokesman for Cumbria Constabulary said: “Delays are expected and motorists are advised to seek alternative transport routes.”

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