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Fire on clothing lorry closes A1 northbound at Wansford

Ruined clothing from the lorry fire on the A1 at Wansford

Ruined clothing from the lorry fire on the A1 at Wansford

Motorists were facing lengthy delays this morning (Tuesday) after a lorry caught fire blocking a section of the A1 northbound carriageway at Wansford.

The incident began at about 6.30am when a lorry carrying a trailer full of clothing caught fire.

No one has been hurt in the incident but the northbound carriageway of the A1 has been closed to traffic at Wansford.

The slip road from the A47 onto the A1 northbound is also closed, due to an incident.

A police spokesman said “Traffic is being taken off the A1 at the A47 junction but we do not expect the carriageway to be closed for too long.

“The incident began at about 6.30am when we received reports of a lorry on fire. I understand that a large quantity of clothing has been damaged in the fire. The cause is not yet known.

“The southbound carriageway is still open to traffic.

“Recovery work is underway to remove the lorry from the highway.”

It is thought the lorry was carrying clothing for the retailer Primark and a witness said the cargo appeared to be made up of Angry Birds’ onesies and dressing growns.

Fire crews from Stamford, Dogsthorpe, Stanground and a water carrier from Yaxley attended the scene.

The road re-opened at about 11.30pm.

 

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