Updated: Lorry ‘engulfed in flames’ closes main road near York
This was the scene on a main road near York early this morning (Monday).
A milk lorry caught fire on the A1M near Boston Spa. The incident, which was reported at 3.10am, closed the road completely for several hours.
North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service sent two engines from Tadcaster and the water bowser to the scene, assisting their West Yorkshire colleagues.
Tonight Highways Yorkshire said: “Due to severe damage to the road surface, a lane 1 closure will remain in place overnight for emergency repairs.”
There have been long delays all day.
A fire service spokesperson said: “The lorry was engulfed in flames on their arrival and was extinguished by fire crews using at least four hose reels and four breathing apparatus.
“No persons reported injured and cause for the fire not known at this time but believed to be vehicle related.”
The HGV was carrying milk cartons. As a result of the fire, milk spilled onto the carriageway.
This morning, one lane remains closed, and there is queueing traffic on the A1(M) northbound from junction 44 for the A64 York to junction 45 for the A659 Wattlesyke (Boston Spa).
There is also congestion to junction 43, the M1 Interchange. The lane is likely to stay closed all morning, according to the Highways Agency.
@HighwaysYORKS added “The lorry was carrying milk which is hazardous to the environment if it enters into water courses. The milk is being safely removed by the gully sucker”.