Lorry bursts into flames on Forth Road Bridge
Published 2 Aug 2012 12:30 1 Comment
A lorry burst into flames on the Forth Road Bridge this morning forcing the closure of the southbound carriageway.
Firefighters rushed to the scene after two of the lorry's tyres had exploded and there was a danger that more would blow up, posing a risk to passing traffic.
A temporary southbound closure was put in place at 8.21am, while Lothian and Borders Fire service fought to get the situation under control.
The closure was lifted at 8.33am, though a lane restriction remained in place until 8.55am.
Despite the speedy resolution drivers were advised to use alternate routes on signs north of the Bridge.
A Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA) spokesman said, "I appreciate that drivers who diverted via Kincardine may feel this was unnecessary in light of the speed with which the incident was resolved.
"However, when the closure was implemented it wasn't clear how long it would last. We took the view that it was better to signpost this in advance rather than allow drivers to arrive at the bridge and find it closed without any warning."
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 02 Aug 12
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