Massive camper van fire causes traffic chaos on A38
Written by The Newsroom on July 27, 2019
A massive camper van blaze brought a busy Midlands dual carriageway to a halt this afternoon.
The fire service, police and ambulance crews were called to the A38 in Fradley near Lichfield today (July 27) after a camper van crashed onto its side and caught fire.
Miraculously the driver and passenger escaped the wreckage unscathed and only suffered minor injuries.
Traffic was brought to a standstill as firefighters tackled the blaze.
Emergency services were on scene after receiving a call at 1.47pm. Motorists reported seeing a traffic jam snake along the busy A38 route .
(Image: Tara Louise Mellor)
Driver, Bethany Whitby, 23, from Burton, saw the aftermath of the fire.
She said: “It was awful we were stuck in the traffic for ages, probably 30 minutes or so.
“People were getting out their cars to look, even in the rain.
“It doesn’t look good but hopefully everyone is okay.”
A commenter on a Cannock community Facebook group said: “Just come passed it, it’s blocked back nearly as far as Lichfield .”
Another added: “Wow glad all is ok.”
A spokeswomen for West Midlands Fire Service said: “We were called at 1.48pm to the A38 at Fradley and were on scene within 10 minutes.
(Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)
“We were called to a camper van on its side alight. Passengers were removed from the vehicle before crew arrived on scene.
“No injuries have been reported.
“Two fire engines were in attendance from Lichfield and Barton-under-Needwood . Two breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets were used.
“Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Ambulance service were also in attendance.
“Crew remain on site awaiting assistance from Highways England as a streetlight was damaged.”
A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to a one-vehicle road traffic collision at 1.47pm on the northbound carriageway of the A38.
“Fire service crew were also in assistance. Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries as a precaution.
“The main part of the A38 is now reopened , congestion may still be in place.”
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