M11 traffic: Hours after a devastating lorry fire, the highway reopens.


M11 traffic: Hours after a devastating lorry fire, the highway reopens.

A HIGHWAY has reopened hours after a lorry carrying aerosol canisters exploded.

Yesterday afternoon, dramatic photographs show ferocious flames roaring from an HGV on the M11 near Stansted Airport, Essex. Despite the fact that emergency personnel rushed to the area, no one was gravely injured.

Both carriageways were stopped for a clean-up operation by Highways England, however they were reopened some 15 hours later.

Essex Live has the story. On the A505 and A10, traffic was diverted through Royston.

“M11 J9 to J8 southbound – the route has re-opened with lane 2 of 2 having to remain restricted due to the fire damaged central safety barrier – please travel through this section with care,” Highways England tweeted this morning.

Although one northbound lane remains closed, traffic is currently flowing normally along the stretch.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service’s Dave Bond said last night: “The articulated lorry was carrying aerosol cans, which exploded and scattered across both sides of the carriageway.” Fortunately, the driver was not seriously injured.

“I have to commend the crews for their tireless efforts in establishing a water supply in such a remote place and immediately bringing the problem under control.

“Unfortunately, due to the intensity of the fire, the route will be closed for some time.”


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