A1M closed southbound after major lorry fire

The A1M has been closed southbound overnight while firefighters tackled a fierce lorry blaze on the carriageway. The closure was confirmed at 2.20am on Friday morning and a stretch of the motorway was still closed more than two hours later. The truck burst into flames on the A1M between junctions 59 and 58.

The driver of the HGV managed to escape the blaze uninjured. It is not yet known what sparked the fire. The fire was brought under control and at 3.30am the emergency services were waiting for recovery of the burnt-out wreck by National Highways, which reported at 4.35am that the road between J57 and J58 had reopened.

It remains closed between J59 and J58. In an update at 4.30am, traffic information service Inrix said: "A1(M) Southbound closed due to recovery work and earlier lorry fire between J59 A167 (Aycliffe) and J58 A68 (Burtree). Traffic is coping well.

The closure has been reduced to J58 following completion of overnight works on the entry slip road. Diversion - traffic to divert via Aycliffe Village via the B6444 and the A6072 to rejoin the A1(M) at J58." Durham RPU tweeted earlier: "We are currently dealing with a HGV trailer fire at the side of the A1M between 59 & 58 south with @CDDFRSSouthbound is shut, northbound is moving as best as we can with @HighwaysNEAST.

Driver shook up but uninjured!!"

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