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Major delays on M5 after overturned lorry catches fire

The lorry driver has been taken to hospital for treatment. Credit: Highways England

The M5 has been closed in both directions after an overturned lorry caught fire.

The fire started shortly after 3pm at Junction 4 near Bromsgrove.

The driver has been taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. No one else was injured.

Drivers have been warned to avoid the area, while emergency services deal with the blaze.

Frank Bird, emergency planning officer at Highways England, said:

We are working closely with the emergency services to assist them while they deal with the incident.

As the fire is significant, we expect that the carriageway will need a detailed inspection and possible resurfacing work through the evening.

Drivers have been advised to avoid the area while emergency services deal with the fire. Credit: Central Motorway Police Group

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said:

We were called to Junction 4 of the M5 at 3.05pm today to reports of a lorry which had overturned and had caught fire.

The driver had been pulled from the vehicle. He was given treatment at the scene and then taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

He said it was unclear at this stage how serious his injuries are. No other patients were taken to hospital.

– Spokeswoman, West Midlands Ambulance Service