Firefighters called to lorry blaze on M40 in Bucks

The M40 motorway in Buckinghamshire is closed due to a lorry fire today (Thursday, May 12). The M40 southbound carriageway is shut near Junction 5 (A40 Ibstone Road/Stokenchurch). The incident was first reported at around 11.09am – with dozens of firefighters called to the scene. The lorry is on fire on the hard shoulder whilst traffic is building.

The motorway was closed in both directions but the northbound carriageway has now reopened. A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: “The M40 is closed southbound between Junction 6 and Junction 5 due to a lorry fire. The road is likely to be shut for several hours so please avoid the area if you can – thank you for your patience.”

Diversion: A diversion route is now in place on the M40 A National Highways spokesperson said: “Specialist recovery are on scene, due to the complexity of the recovery operation we expect the M40 to remain closed southbound between J6 Watlington & J5 High Wycombe throughout the afternoon/evening. There are severe delays of at least 2 hours between J7 and J6.”

Inrix, the traffic data company, said: “M40 Southbound closed, queueing traffic due to recovery work and earlier lorry fire from J6 B4009 (Watlington) to J5 A40 Ibstone Road (Stokenchurch). Congestion to J8A (Oxford Services). The road has been closed again to continue recovery and clean-up work.

Due to the extent of damage to the road surface, the closure is expected to remain in place into the night. Diversion – via the B4009 and the A40 through Stokenchurch.” BuckinghamshireLive will bring you further updates as they come in on our dedicated feed below.

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