Road reopens after lorry blaze

TRAFFIC heading out of Suffolk on the A14 faced serious delays today after a lorry blaze on the Cambridge by-pass.Both carriageways were closed while firefighters tackled the blaze in the vehicle travelling along the eastbound carriageway.

TRAFFIC heading out of Suffolk on the A14 faced serious problems today after a lorry blaze on the Cambridge by-pass.

Both carriageways were closed while firefighters tackled the blaze in the vehicle travelling along the eastbound carriageway.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said no one had been hurt in the incident although there was considerable disruption to early rush-hour traffic.

The fire broke out between the Fen Ditton and Milton junctions after an accident shortly after 3.30am and the road was reopened shortly after 8am.


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A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said the accident happened after two lorries, one parked in a lay-by, were in collision.

He said: “No one was hurt but the fire did cause considerable disruption in the very early morning - although we were able to get the message out to motorists so the problems were not too great.”

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The stretch of A14 between Fen Ditton and Milton is not known as a particular accident blackspot - although there are frequent accidents along the road in Cambridgeshire.

Earlier this week there was a fatal accident at the junction of the A14 and A428 slightly to the west of Milton which is a more frequent blackspot.

The police spokesman said: “Dealing with today's accident was eased because we could get the message over to motorists early so they knew to try to avoid the area.

“But we got the road cleared in time for the bulk of the rush-hour and traffic quickly returned to normal.”

The government is considering upgrading the A14 between Cambridge and the A1 just north of Huntingdon, but today's accident was east of this section on part of the road that is not normally regarded as particularly dangerous.

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