Lorry driver rescued from blaze by member of the public near Bedford

A member of the public extracted a driver of a lorry from his vehicle which was on its side and had caught alight in Bedford. The incident, which took place at around 7.45am today (September 16), saw an articulated HGV roll off of the main carriageway of the A421 westbound onto the slip road at the junction to A6, Branston Way. The tractor unit and trailer both caught fire and led to congestion stretching back up to 4 miles.

A statement from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue said: “Appliances from Kempston and Bedford, a Rescue Unit from Kempston, a water carrier and drone attended the incident. One articulated HGV rolled off the main carriageway onto the slip road, and both the tractor unit and trailer were on fire. READ MORE: Hospital appointments on date of The Queen’s funeral are being cancelled in Beds

“Driver was extracted by a member of public prior to the fire services arrival, and the driver has now been conveyed to hospital by the Ambulance. “Crews extinguished the fire using 4 breathing apparatus, 2 hose reels, 2 dry powder extinguishers, a thermal imaging camera, an environment agency pack and polyloom to mitigate effects of water runoff.” The fire service have now left the scene but the slip road remains closed, for updates follow our live blog.

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