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M5 in Gloucestershire reopens after lorry fire

Crews tackle lorry fire Image copyright Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue
Image caption Motorists faced hours of delays after a lorry carrying bales of hay caught fire

The M5 has reopened after being closed overnight following a lorry fire.

The motorway was shut in both directions between Stroud and Thornbury after the lorry, carrying hay bales, caught fire before midday on Sunday.

The southbound carriageway was closed during the night to resurface part of the carriageway and fix the safety barriers.

Highways England says it took several hours to recover the vehicle before staff could begin the repairs.

Image copyright Chris Singer
Image caption Some drivers reported being stuck in queues for more than two hours

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