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Lorry fire causes day-long diversion

PUBLISHED: 09:41 28 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

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

The 40ft lorry, which was carrying 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 morning after a lorry caught fire on the Ipswich bound carriageway today.

The 40ft lorry, which was carrying 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 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 12 hours.

As a result the Ipswich-bound carriageway of the A14 was expected to remain closed off to traffic for up to 24 hours.


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