A1M closed southbound as firefighters tackle lorry blaze

The A1M has been closed southbound while firefighters tackle a fierce lorry blaze on the carriageway. The closure was confirmed at 2.20am on Friday morning. 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. Traffic monitoring service Inrix said: “A1(M) Southbound closed, slow traffic due to lorry fire between J59 A167 (Aycliffe) and J57 A66(M) Darlington.

Due to overnight works at J58, the closure has now been extended to J57. The northbound side of the road has since re-opened. Diversion – traffic to divert through Darlington and use the A66(M) to rejoin the A1(M) at J57.”

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!!” At present, it is not known when the road will fully reopen but motorists are advised to find an alternative route.

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