A busy route has been closed after crash caused a major lorry fire

Tuesday 16th August 2016 – 2.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

A crash that led to a dramatic fire has closed a busy dual carriageway and left one man needing hospital treatment.

The A449 from Blackpole to the M5 around the east side of Worcester was closed after a collision between two HGVs shortly before 11.30am this morning (Tuesday).

An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The collision caused a fire that has totally consumed one of the lorries, which was carrying wood chips.

“The driver of that lorry, a man, suffered chest injuries from the seatbelt and steering wheel and was conveyed to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.  The other driver was uninjured and was able to decouple the cab from the trailer before the fire took hold.

“The A449 remains completely closed in both directions could remain so for several hours – an estimated re-opening time is 5.00pm.

“Motorists are advised to be aware that surrounding roads are likely to be extremely busy.”

Ends

A449 Fire - @CopThatCooks

Picture courtesy of PC Dave Wise on Twitter – @CopThatCooks

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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