The M5 was closed at Junction 4 Lydiate Ash this afternoon following a serious lorry fire after the vehicle overturned. The lorry driver suffered relatively minor injuries after being pulled from his cab by another man.

Both carriageways and the traffic island were closed from around 3pm on Wednesday 3rd January as fire crews from both Hereford & Worcester and West Midlands Fire services – Bromsgrove, Redditch & Northfield – battled the ferocious blaze.

Some travellers reported hearing explosions.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue tweeted that all persons were accounted for.

West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed that two ambulances, an air ambulance (with doctor) and the Hazardous Area Response Team had attended.

A spokeswoman said: “The lorry driver, a man, was pulled from the cab by a passer-by. He was assessed by ambulance staff on scene and had suffered relatively minor injuries but, due to the nature of the incident, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham as a precaution.”

The spokeswoman confirmed that the passerby was found to have suffered smoke inhalation and was treated on scene before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Traffic was tailed back on all roads onto the Lydiate Ash traffic island. The motorway is expected to remain closed for some hours yet.

Updates will be added as available.

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