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Long delays on A14 as lorry catches fire

PUBLISHED: 12:36 28 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

TRAFFIC on the A14 is facing long delays until tomorrow afternoon after a lorry caught fire on the Ipswich bound carriageway today.

The 40ft lorry, which was carrying 30 large rolls of paper, caught light on the east bound carriageway at the Newmarket bypass, near Exning, at about 5am.

TRAFFIC on the A14 is facing long delays until tomorrow afternoon after a lorry caught fire on the Ipswich bound carriageway today.

The 40ft lorry, which was carrying 30 large rolls of paper, caught light on the east bound carriageway at the Newmarket bypass, near Exning, at about 5am.

Emergency services were called to the scene with fire crews from Newmarket and Cambridge and police in attendance.

Tailbacks started straight away as the severity of the blaze caused the road to be blocked off and at one point they stretched back for 12 miles.

One lane of carriageway was opened to allow vehicles stuck in the tailback to filter past the blazing lorry and continue on their journeys before the road was completely blocked off.

Firefighters tried to bring the fire under control but later came to the decision that they should let it burn out.

It was thought the lorry would continue to burn for at least 30 hours along with the asphalt road surface.

As a result the two lanes of the A14 was expected to remain closed off to traffic until tomorrow afternoon.

Diversions were put in place taking traffic off the A14 and on to the A10 heading toward Stretham, then right on to the A1123 at Soham and finally on to the A142 and back to join the A14.

For a while the A11 between Six Mile Bottom and the A14 was also closed.


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