The shocking aftermath of lorry inferno on A15 as part of road remains closed

A closure remains in place on part of the A15 this lunchtime following a major blaze which completely destroyed a large lorry. The incident on the northbound side of the carriageway between Barnetby Top roundabout and the turn-off for Elsham Wold Industrial Estate began shortly before 8am. Both sides of the road were closed for much of the morning leading to long tailbacks with Humberside Police urging motorists to “avoid the area if you can”.

The intense lorry fire that closed the A15

As of 11.30am, the northbound carriageway remains closed between the M180 junction 5 at Barnetby Top and the B1206 Barrow turn-off.

A spokesperson for Humberside Police wrote on Twitter: “The M62 junction 35/36 remains closed due to ongoing police incident. “The A15 at Barnetby Top is now open south bound but remains closed north bound while a lorry fire is being dealt with.” As the blaze took hold earlier this morning, the HGV was dramatically consumed in flames and a large pillar of smoke was visible for miles around.

Many drivers became stuck in the gridlock, with traffic problems exacerbated by a full closure of the M62 near Goole due to a “police incident” resulting in motorists heading to and from Hull trying to get around the motorway by going over the Humber Bridge.

The shocking aftermath of lorry inferno on A15 as part of road remains closedThe blaze led to long tailbacks on the A15

It is understood that closure was been put in place in relation to the concern for the safety of someone on a bridge near Rawcliffe, in East Yorkshire. One motorist stuck on the northbound side of the A15 said: “I’ve been trapped on the M62 and now here on the A15. I’m about 40 cars back.

What a morning!”

After the blaze on the A15 had been extinguished, a spokesperson for Humberside Fire & Rescue wrote on Twitter: “The lorry fire on the A15 at Elsham is now out.

Due to the need to ensure residue from the products is safe the road may be closed for some time.”

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