M4 reopens after lorry fire leads to explosion risk

The M4 has reopened in both directions following a lorry fire near Hungerford which caused concern due to the risk of explosions on Friday (July 16). Some drivers faced around two hours of sitting in stationary traffic after the road was closed just before 3pm following the incident between J14 A338 (Hungerford) and J15 A346 Marlborough Road (Swindon East) on the M4. The westbound carriageway reopened at 4.14pm but the eastbound traffic was not released until 4.52pm, however, drivers are still facing severe delays in the area.

: M4 – Live traffic updates as lorry fire shuts motorway Emergency services were at the scene and the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service held the traffic back on the eastbound carriageway for longer due to concerns about explosions. However, pictures from the scene now show that the lorry has been completely burnt out and just the shell remains intact.

Traffic was diverted which has caused local areas, including Hungerford and Marlborough, to become increasingly congested. Due to the high temperatures, many drivers left their cars and an ice cream van was even serving customers who were in need of a treat to cool off. Want the latest traffic news from across Berkshire as it comes in?

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