Firefighters tackle lorry fire on M40

Our firefighters have been part of a major operation after a single lorry caught fire on the M40 southbound earlier this morning.

At 2.49am today (Friday, 28 September) we started to receive 999 calls reporting a lorry on fire between junction 15 and 16, Henley-in-Arden and Warwick.

Three fire engines and a senior fire officer were sent to the incident.

At  4.12am, three large goods vehicles were involved in a collision on the northbound carriageway and subsequently caught fire.

In total 11 fire engines attended including specialist fire support units which are used at large-scale emergencies.

Group Commander Neil McElvenny said: “We were called to a large goods vehicle fire involving pallets on the southbound carriageway just after 2.40 this morning. Crews were quickly in attendance to deal with the fire. While at the incident, a call came in to inform us of a second incident on the northbound carriageway involving three lorries, two of which caught fire.  Due to the severity of the incident, all lanes were closed whilst the emergency services dealt with the scene.

“These incidents have caused significant disruption for many, but we are working closely with Warwickshire Police and the Highways Agency and our priority is to make the area safe and open the M40 again as soon as possible.

“The clean-up and inconvenience for some locals, commuters and other motorists will continue for a while yet. I’d like to thank people for their continued patience.”