Firefighters praised after huge M11 lorry fire where aerosol cans exploded
A lorry has been completely destroyed while travelling on a busy motorway after the cargo it was carrying exploded. The HGV was set "completely alight" after aerosol cans it was transporting exploded during transit. The cans scattered across both sides of the M11 making it dangerous for motorists to use.
Fire crews were called to the scene of the incident last night (July 15) at around 5pm to deal with the blaze, which occurred on the southbound carriageway between Duxford (Junction 10) and Stansted Airport (Junction 8). : 'Much-loved' man killed in Huntingdon crash named Crews were dispatched from Newport, Saffron Walden, Dunmow, Stansted and Hawkwell (Incident Command Vehicle) to put the fire out and also closed the road in both directions.
Despite firefighters finding the lorry completely on fire, the driver was not seriously hurt. Images released by Essex County Fire & Rescue Service show the HGV after the fire had been extinguished.A lorry was set on fire on the M11 after aerosol cans it was carrying exploded (Image: Essex County Fire & Rescue)
Station manager Dave Bond said: "The articulated lorry was carrying aerosol cans which exploded and scattered across both sides of the carriageway. Thankfully the driver was not badly hurt.
"I must praise crews who worked extremely hard to establish a water supply in such a remote location and quickly get the incident under control. "Unfortunately, the road will be closed for some time due to the extent of the fire." Fire crews left the scene at around 8pm but police officers remained to work to reopen the road.
The M11 was reopened at around midnight last night (July 15).
Mr Bond added: "I would like to thank everyone involved in bringing this incident to a safe conclusion - and in particular our Control team who received dozens of calls with conflicting reports but still managed to get crews to the scene quickly."