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Huge lorry fire closes two lanes of M5 motorway between Wellington and Taunton

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

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A lorry fire has caused major delays on the M5 motorway in Somerset this morning.

Two lanes of the northbound carriageway were closed between junction 26 for Wellington and junction 25 for Taunton following the blaze.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received several emergency calls about the fire at around 5am this morning.

The vehicle, which was carrying a load of tyres, was well alight on the northbound entry slip road to the motorway at junction 26.

Two fire engines from Wellington and a water carrier from Bridgwater were first on the scene, with another two crews from Taunton also mobilised.

Firefighters spent the next 90 minutes tackling the blaze, which was extinguished shortly after 6.30am.

There were no injuries, but the entry slip road from the A38 Wellington road onto the M5 remained closed during rush hour.

Two lanes of the motorway also remained closed while recovery work was carried out. One was reopened mid-morning.

The slip road and other motorway lane were reopened shortly before 3pm this afternoon.

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