M40 Beaconsfield crane fire: One lane to be ‘closed all day’

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The blaze, which involved a 96-tonne crane, started just before 21:30 BST on Wednesday

Cars were trapped on the southbound M40 in Buckinghamshire overnight after a crane burst into flames, closing the motorway,

The 96-tonne crane exploded into a fireball just before 21:30 BST on Wednesday between J2 for Beaconsfield and J1a for the M25.

A number of cars were trapped for several hours. The road partially re-opened on Thursday morning.

Highways England said one lane would remain closed for safety reasons.

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It said the “intense fire” happened after a “significant spillage of hydraulic fluid”, causing “serious damage to the road surface”, which is due to be resurfaced on Thursday night.

A specialist lifting team removed the crane from lane one and the hard shoulder earlier.

Drivers near Beaconsfield are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys.

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Highways England

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A specialist lifting team removed the crane from lane one and the hard shoulder

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Thames Valley Police

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The crane caught alight after a “significant spillage of hydraulic fluid”

M40 Beaconsfield crane fire: One lane to be ‘closed all day’

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