Lorry carrying gas catches fire on A12 shutting southbound carriageway

Stock image of a vehicle fire on the A12. Picture: DAVID JOHNSON

Stock image of a vehicle fire on the A12. Picture: DAVID JOHNSON - Credit: Archant

The A12 was closed in north Essex last night after a lorry caught fire.

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Police and fire crews were sent to the southbound carriageway at junction 25 for London Road, Marks Tey at around 10.40pm.

The lorry is thought to have had gas on board, according to witnesses who were stuck in traffic behind the vehicle.

Drivers were diverted off the carriageway by police who assisted firefighters at the scene.

The London-bound section was shut between Marks Tey and junction 24 for Kelvedon North.

Police are yet to confirm whether the road has re-opened, but it is now showing as being clear on traffic sensors.

Special Inspector Steven Pipe tweeted shortly after midnight to say he and colleagues were helping to put a temporary closure in place.

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He said: “Assisting traffic remove a trailer that was on fire on #A12 at #MarksTey temp closure whilst it’s removed for safety then road will re-open.”

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