The A9 has now re-opened following the lorry fire early this morning (Friday), although traffic control is in place.
The articulated lorry was taking a delivery to Stornoway’s Tesco store, when it burst into flames south of the Slochd summit in the Highlands.
At approximately 01:45 hours the Fire Service received a report of a large goods vehicle with a wheel on fire. On attending the incident the fire was found to involve the trailer which was carrying food consumables. A total of five fire appliances have been operating at the scene. One from Aviemore, two from Inverness and assisted by two specialist appliances from Inverness.
Due to the nature of the fire and the location of the incident the Police have closed the A9 at this time.
In total 22 firefighters attended the incident with 8 utilising breathing apparatus and specialist foam equipment to bring the fire under control.
The fire has now been extinguished and we are working in collaboration with the Police and the lorry operators in the removal of the trailer and return the scene to normality.
The DR Macleod Ltd driver of the lorry was not injured.
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Thursday 20 June 2013
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