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Lorry carrying wood chips bursts into flames after collision

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

Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

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.

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.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Driver caught playing Pokemon Go by police

The game involves people searching for the popular characters in the real world using GPS and maps in their phones. Credit: PA

A driver has been stopped by police in Worcester after police allegedly spotted him playing the popular smartphone game 'Pokemon Go'.

In a tweet from the Central Motorways Police Group, they also said the motorist was caught with no valid MOT for his vehicle, and was now due in court.



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