Jack-knifed lorry caught fire on A55


Romilly Scragg

A DRIVER escaped injury after his lorry jack-knifed and caught fire.

The one-vehicle accident happened on Friday, causing travel chaos on the A55 at Ewloe.

A spokesman for North Wales Police said officers were called to reports of a burning vehicle at junction 34 shortly before 3.30pm.
“Initial reports were of a road disruption due to a wagon on fire at the side of the road at the A494 interchange,” said the spokesman.

The incident involved a white Daf lorry with a blue canopy.
Ambulance crews were called but the driver escaped unhurt.

Two lanes of the three-lane eastbound carriageway were closed, causing long tailbacks as police worked to clear the scene and traffic remained congested for several hours.

A spokesman for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “A light goods vehicle was reported to have been involved in a fire having jack-knifed on the carriageway.”
Two hose reels were used to extinguish the flames.

Two crews – one from Deeside and one from Buckley – were initially in attendance before the  response was stepped up.
A second crew from Deeside then attended as well as an environmental unit from Wrexham, required because of diesel spillage from the vehicle.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A paramedic in a rapid response car attended, and a man in his 40s was given a precautionary check-up at the scene.”

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