Christmas getaway: 'Beer explodes' in M40 lorry fire

Eddie Stobart lorry on fire Image copyright Matt Taylor
Image caption The lorry caught fire on the M40 southbound between junction 10 and junction 9

Drivers starting the Christmas getaway faced long tailbacks on the M40 when a lorry-load of beer caught fire.

It happened at about 11:30 GMT, forcing the closure of the southbound carriageway between Cherwell Valley Services and Bicester. Highways England reopened one lane southbound at about 12:40.

Witnesses said bottles of Stella were exploding in the flames.

Eddie Stobart Driver Training tweeted to say the driver was safe.

On Twitter, Helen Smith said "Driver out but bad vehicle fire on M40. Bottles of Stella exploding! Very scary stuff."

At 16:50 Highways England said long delays are "expected to continue until later this evening".

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Image caption Four fire crews were sent to extinguish the blaze
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Image caption The lorry was carrying bottles of Corona and Stella Artois

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