Lorry fire closes the A38 at Lichfield

Smoke rising above the A38. Pic: Alex Stinton

Smoke rising above the A38. Pic: Alex Stinton

A lorry has caught fire in Lichfield, closing the A38 in both directions.

The incident happened on the northbound carriageway between Cappers Lane and Streethay shortly before 7pm this evening (June 21).

Fire crews from Lichfield, Chase Terrace, Rugeley and Cannock attended the scene after the HGV caught fire.

Residents in Streethay reported a large explosion and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that the incident was still being dealt with.

A spokesperson said:

“We have used large volumes of foam and are still in attendance at the scene.”

It is not known how long the road will remain closed for.

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7 Comments

  1. Cathy Ackroyd

    21st June, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    I could see the thick black smoke from our house, it must have been a horrific explosion, hope nobody was hurt.

  2. Steve

    21st June, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    good solid factual and very fast reporting from TBL. Well done all. ( and thanks Alex for the pic).

    I hope no one was hurt.

  3. terri

    21st June, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    im pleased to tell you no one was hurt. Unfortunatly this was one of my mom and dad’s vehicle’s but the driver is safe and well thank god!

  4. Cathy Ackroyd

    21st June, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Oh I am glad there is no-one hurt. Thanks for that Terri. Sorry about your parents vehicle though.

  5. Andy

    21st June, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Saw the smoke earlier while in Lichfield, checked the BBC and the E&S, nothing, had a look on TLB and everything explained, excellent!

  6. BrownhillsBob

    22nd June, 2010 at 12:12 am

    As usual, it’s great to see local amateur journalism ripping the pants of commercial news services. TLB first with the straight deal, wonderful.

    Nice one, chaps.

    Best wishes

    Bob

  7. Streethay Family

    22nd June, 2010 at 10:59 am

    We heard the explosion, which was huge – shook the house! But so pleased that no one was hurt.,