A66 reopens after fire

The A66 near Penrith closed due to a large fire.

A66 near Penrith reopens after fire

The A66 westbound has reopened this morning after a fire on a crane travelling on the back of a lorry.

The road between the B6542 and the A6 Kemplay Bank/ A686 Carleton Avenue (Kemplay Bank Roundabout) was closed for emergency repairs after the blaze on Sunday, July 28.

Police say the crane has now been recovered and the road has been resurfaced.

One lane on A66 near Penrith remains closed

The A66 near Penrith will be closed this evening as recovery work begins to remove a mobile crane, which caught fire yesterday, July 28.

It happened between the B6542 and the A6 Kemplay Bank / A686 Carleton Avenue (Kemplay Bank Roundabout).

Lane one (of two) remains closed heading towards Penrith. Police have advised that the crane cannot be recovered until this evening, July 29.

The road will be repaired and is expected to fully reopen by tomorrow morning.

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PICTURE: remains of crane and HGV after large fire

Crane and HGV fire
A crane on top of a HGV caught fire as it was travelling along the A66 Credit: ITV News Border

The eastbound section of the A66 near Penrith has reopened but westbound remains closed following a fire on a crane travelling on top of a lorry. The roads around the scene are extremely busy as it's a major route crossing England from east to west.

It's understood part of the carriageway on the westbound section will have to be resurfaced which may cause disruption for some time. The driver of the HGV escaped injury and it's not thought anyone else has been hurt.

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A66 near Penrith shut due to large fire

The main A66 route near Penrith in Cumbria has been closed after what Police say is a crane fire. The blaze is ongoing near to the Kemplay roundabout in Penrith. Motorists trying to use the A66 will have to use alternative routes.

Officers are also asking drivers stuck in traffic not to try and turn around to try and prevent confusion and accidents.