Published: March 22, 2009
Lorry carrying steam train catches fire on M5 near Burnham-On-Sea

Fire fighters from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were called to the M5 motorway on Saturday afternoon (March 21st) after a lorry carrying a steam train caught fire.

Two lanes of the southbound carriageway, near Sedgemoor Services, were closed while fire crews dealt with the incident, pictured here.

Eyewitness Lester Solway told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The Alleys low loader lorry was carrying the Royal Scot 6100 steam locomotive from Crewe to the West Somerset Railway when a fire broke out at the rear of the low loader."

Two fire appliances from Weston-super-Mare and one from Burnham attended the blaze, along with the Highways Agency. The hard shoulder remained closed until after 7pm when an alternative lorry was brought to the scene.




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