5pm Update: M40 southbound to remain closed for several hours after fierce lorry fire

The smouldering hay, courtesy of Thames Valley Police

The smouldering hay, courtesy of Thames Valley Police

First published in News
Last updated
Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant Editor

THE M40 southbound will remain closed for several hours following a fierce hay fire on a lorry the Highways Agency has said.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area and Thames Valley Police are saying they working to minimise delays. 

Firefighters were called to the southbound carriageway near junction 11 at about 2.50pm.

Oxford Mail:

  • The scene, courtesy of reader @ttid82

Police officers and Highways Agency officials are also at the scene.

A local farmer has helped police attempt to reopen the southbound carriageway.

Inspector Colin Clark, of Thames Valley Roads Policing Unit, said: “A local farmer is assisting the emergency services by using his JCB excavator grabber to transport the burning hay from the lorry onto the carriageway where it is being hosed down.

“It will then be transferred into a skip to be removed.”

Traffic is being diverted on to the sliproad but there are delays of 50 minutes, a Highway Agency spokesman said.

He added: "It is likely that the closure will remain in place for a number of hours. The vehicle will need to be recovered after the fire has been extinguished and once that has been done, any potential damage to the motorway infrastructure will need to be assessed.  We will fully reopen the motorway as soon as it is safe to do so.

"The vehicle is situated on the main carriageway within the junction and traffic is being diverted using the southbound exit slip, over the roundabout and re-joining the M40 southbound via the entry slip road.

The northbound carriageway has been re-opened but police say drivers should be careful driving through the area because of the smoke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our top stories:

Didcot murders: College gives help after triple murder suspect’s body found

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 27th May 2015

A SERIOUS case review may be held over the murder of little Derin Jordon as authorities began to look into whether any warnings were missed about her half-brother Jed Allen, pictured.

Val Smith funeral: Do not mourn for too long - she's want you making a difference and helping people

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 27th May 2015

TEARS flowed at the funeral of much-loved councillor Val Smith yesterday as her husband said she would want more people to do good in the world.

Delays on Banbury and Woodstock Roads into Oxford

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

9:17am Wednesday 27th May 2015

THERE are long delays for motorists travelling into Oxford on Banbury Road and Woodstock Road.

Didcot murders: Community reeling over tragic events

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 27th May 2015

RIBBONS and flowers decorated the entrance to Vicarage Road in Didcot, where residents continued to pay tribute to a family that were murdered in their home.

Didcot murders: Tattoo artist thought Allen was a ‘normal’ lad

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 27th May 2015

THE TATTOO artist of murder suspect Jed Allen spoke of how he came across as a “happy and joyful” person.

Signalling problems at London Marylebone affecting Banbury services

Oxford Mail: A Chiltern Railways Clubman train

8:15am Wednesday 27th May 2015

Chiltern Railways trains from Banbury have been disrupted following signalling problems.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree