Lorry driver escapes unhurt after vehicle bursts into flames on a busy Harborough district road

The road was closed in both directions for over two hours, sparking huge traffic tailbacks today (Tuesday)

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 6:11 pm

A lorry driver escaped unhurt after their trailer carrying coal burst into flames on a busy road in Harborough district today (Tuesday).

Firefighters raced to tackle the blaze after it started as the vehicle approached Tugby on the A47 as it headed east towards Uppingham.

The driver managed to get out of their cab and was uninjured but badly shaken up as the fire broke out just after 11am.

Firefighters raced to tackle the blaze after it started as the vehicle approached Tugby on the A47 as it headed east towards Uppingham.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said an appliance from Oakham and another engine from Leicester’s Eastern station were scrambled to fight the blaze.

Firefighters used breathing apparatus equipment and two hose reels to tackle the fire on the articulated triple-axle trailer loaded with coal.

“The trailer was uncoupled from the lorry and suffered significant damage,” said the fire service.

“The fire was caused accidentally and no one was injured.”

The A47 was closed in both directions by police for over two hours, sparking huge traffic tailbacks, as fire crews were at the scene until about 1.30pm.

The road surface also needed repairing after being damaged in the incident.