A52 lorry fire shuts road for seven hours

A lorry fire has closed one of North Staffordshire's busiest roads for seven hours. The A52 - between Kingsley and Froghall - shut at 10.30am today and remained completely closed until tonight's rush-hour.

Traffic monitoring system Inrix is tonight reporting that the eastbound carriageway still remains closed.

It states: "The A52 eastbound is closed. There is slow traffic due to a lorry fire from Holt Lane, in Kingsley, to the A521 Churnet Valley Road, in Froghall. The road was fully closed but sensors show traffic is now flowing on the westbound carriageway."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Dovedale Road, in Kingsley just after 10am today. West Midlands Ambulance Service was stood down after the driver managed to get out of their cab.

A fire service spokesman said: "Firefighters were called to a lorry fire. Hose reel jets were used to extinguish the fire just after 11.15am and the driver was not injured. The fire was caused accidentally as a result of an electrical fault. Staffordshire Police also attended to manage traffic in the area."

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