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Ferocious lorry fire closes M42 near Birmingham overnight

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 07/11/2018 Jordan Coussins
a blurry photo of a bus: A number of fire crews tackled fire after a lorry set alight on the M42, near Wythall. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited A number of fire crews tackled fire after a lorry set alight on the M42, near Wythall.

A major motorway near Birmingham was sealed off for several hours after a ‘serious’ lorry fire.

The M42 had to be partially closed northbound - between junctions 3 and 3A - at around 8.30pm when the lorry set alight.

Drivers were temporarily held as firefighter from Kings Norton and Solihull Fire Stations battled the blaze last night (Monday, November 7).

It took until 5am before the motorway was fully reopened.

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There is not believed to be any injuries following the inferno.

A spokesperson for Kings Norton Fire tweeted: “Busy night for White Watch last night, assisted Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service at a multiple-pump lorry fire on the M42, utilising specific training & safety precautions for such fires.”

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A spokesperson for Highways England confirmed they attended the scene and helped to reopen the motorway.

They said: “All lanes are now OPEN on the M42 northbound between J3 Wythall and J3A following the earlier serious HGV fire. Traffic is flowing freely. Safe journeys this morning.”

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