Pictures from scene of lorry fire which closed M5

Pictures have emerged of the aftermath of a lorry fire on the M5 which has caused long queues on the M5 in Worcestershire this morning (October 11). The incident partially closed a stretch of the motorway between junction five, for Droitwich and Wychbold, and junction 6, for Pershore Lane and Worcester. West Mercia Police had closed both sides of the motorway but northbound and lane 4 of the southbound carriageway is now open.

Drivers are urged to ‘avoid the area’ as three mile long queues form and there is congestion to local roads. A new crash in the same area is adding to the congestion. : Why the M5 was partially closed for nearly five hours amid hour-long delays

Emergency services are at the scene of the incident and cameras showed the tanker, which was carrying asphalt, well ablaze at the side of the motorway although it has now been extinguished. Diversions are in place. Traffic monitoring organisation Inrix states: “Long delays, three lanes closed and queueing traffic for three miles due to tanker fire on M5 Southbound between J5 A38 (Droitwich / Wychbold) and J6 A4538 Pershore Lane (Worcester).

“Congestion to local roads around Drotwich as traffic diverts through the area. Also queueing on the Worcester Road, approaching from Bromsgrove. “Lanes one, two and three (of four) remain closed – lane four re-opened by 07:30.

“Diversion – follow the hollow triangle symbol via the A38 Southbound through Droitwich Spa to Martin Hussingtree, then the A4538 Southbound to re-join the M5 at J6 (Worcester).” For the latest breaking news direct to your inbox, click here This is a live blog and we will bring you more information as we get it.

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