A14 Lorry Fire

2 February 2011, 10:06

A lorry fire caused long delays on the A14 this morning and into the afternoon.

The truck, carrying feathers for duvets and clothing, caught fire at 5:45am between St Ives and Godmanchester.

The A14 was immediately closed in both directions at St Ives, and remained shut during the morning rush hour as firefighters bought the fire under control.

Crews had the fire under control at 9:15am, and the east-bound carriageway was then re-opened.

The lorry was then recovered, and the west-bound carriageway re-opened around 1:30pm.

Delays remained on the road as traffic slowly returned to normal.

There were reports of two and a half hour delays on roads in the surrounding area during the morning rush-hour, including on the A1198 and the M11.

Eddie Theaker, Incident Commander for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "This was a potentially dangerous incident as the lorry's diesel tank had ruptured and the fire was extensive."

No-one was hurt in the fire.

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