Delays on the A38 due to Lorry fire at Splatford Split

Update: The A38/A380 has now been cleared.

Earlier: One lane is closed with slow traffic on the A38 at Haldon Hill northbound in Kennford near the A380 Telegraph Hill junction due to an earlier lorry fire. The A380 Telegraph Hill in Kennford exit slip road is also closed and there are reports of queueing traffic northbound at Splatford Split, with congestion to the B3192 junction.

Two fire engines from Teignmouth station and water bowser from Exeter attended following reports of a lorry on fire at around 5am this morning.

On arrival crews confirmed the vehicle to be well alight with the cab of the vehicle and the main load area being involved in the fire.

The driver of the vehicle was able to confirm that the contents of the lorry were food and consumables and not any hazardous substances.

Crews were able to extinguish the fire using one main jet, two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet with additional water from the bowser. The water run off was contained using an environmental pack.

The large commercial vehicle was severely damaged by the fire, however the driver was not injured. Devon and Somerset Fire Service said the cause was believed to be accidental.

One lane has been closed on the carriageway..


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