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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Traffic chaos after M4 Brynglas tunnel lorry blaze - 26th July 2011

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The M4 has been closed in both directions in south-east Wales after a lorry caught fire in the Brynglas tunnels at Newport.

The Welsh Government said because of the severity of the fire the tunnels will have to remain closed until "a full and thorough" investigation.

Witnesses reported hearing explosions inside the westbound tunnel.

The closure brought traffic disruption during the morning rush hour on one of the key commuter routes in south Wales.

The road was closed in both directions between J24 A48 / A449 (Coldra) and J28 A48 / A4072 (Tredegar Park) and a diversion was set up.

Traffic was directed via the south of Newport on the A48 Southern Distributor Road.

Firefighters were called to the scene at about 08:30 BST, said South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

Six crews from Maindee, Malpas, Cwmbran, Duffryn and Caerphilly have attended the incident.

The service said no other vehicles were involved in the fire. The lorry driver got out safely and there were no injuries, a spokesman added.

Incident commander Adrian Moyes of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said crews faced large volumes of black smoke coming from the western side of the tunnel. Read More