M4 traffic: Delays after lorry crash and fire closed multiple lanes

The blaze has now been put out but traffic has been building in the area Credit: Highways England

Two lanes were closed on the M4 in Wiltshire this morning (15 July) after a lorry fire which left the vehicle badly damaged.

National Highways announced all three lanes of the M4 going westbound between junctions 14 and 15 near Swindon were shut shortly before 3am on Friday (15 July).

After the fire was put out one lane reopened to drivers around 3.15am. The road has now been cleared but there are still delays in the area.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it received reports of a lorry fire on the M4 at 1.26am.

It said firefighters from Rambsury attended, supported by those based in Hungerford and Newbury, who are with the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Specialist vehicles including a water carrier and the aerial ladder platform also attended and were used to tackle the blaze.

Multiple fire fighting vehicles including an aerial ladder platform and a water carrier helped to put out the lorry fire Credit: National Highways

A spokesperson for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Lanes 1 and 2 of the motorway have been shut to allow us to deal with the incident safely and there are 30 minute delays on approach.

"Please allow extra time for your journey and consider alternative routes if possible."