blaze brings M5 to a halt near Burnham after mechanical fault
mechanical fault has been blamed for a lorry fire on the M5 motorway
which caused queues of up to five miles between Burnham-On-Sea
and Weston this week.
three lanes of the M5 northbound were temporarily shut on Thursday,
causing long delays for motorists.
trailer - containing pallets of sheet metal - burst into flames
after the wheels locked and set alight.
driver quickly decoupled the trailer from the front cab, as the
fire quickly spread to the trailer and set the pallets inside
alight," a fire spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
appliances from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Weston were sent
to the scene soon after 2pm, as pictured here.
tackled the fire with hose reel jets and compressed air foam whilst
wearing breathing apparatus."
driver of the lorry was not hurt in the incident. It took several
hours for the traffic queues to subside.
The blazing lorry on the M5 between Burnham and Weston on Thursday
afternoon (photos Lester Solway)