Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Blaze at M3 Fleet service station as lorry catches fire

Fire at Fleet service station by Mark Harvey Image copyright Mark Harvey
Image caption Hampshire Fire Service said the lorry was carrying 16 tonnes of straw and 250 litres of diesel

A fire on a lorry that was transporting 16 tonnes of straw has forced a motorway service station to be closed for more than 12 hours.

The blaze on the exit slip road on the westbound carriageway of the M3 at Fleet, Hampshire, began at about 17:30 BST on Wednesday.

The Highways Agency say the slip road between junction 4a and junction 5 would reopen at 06:30.

Hampshire Fire Service said at one point 20 firefighters fought the fire.

In addition to the straw, the large goods vehicle had a 250-litre tank of diesel.

Eyewitness Mark Harvey told BBC News: "I took the photo as I left the services, I think I was one of the last to get out before they closed the slip road."

Image copyright Basingstoke Police
Image caption Hampshire Fire Service said 20 firefighters tackled the flames at the height of the blaze

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