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Brakes cause egg lorry fire on A37

By Shepton Mallet Journal  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

Egg lorry

Fire crews at the scene on the A37

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Fire crews could have been faced with the biggest omelette ever when a lorry carrying gallons of liquid egg caught fire on a major route near Shepton Mallet.

The drama began just after 8pm on Thursday evening last week on the A37 at the Beacon crossroads at Long Hill after the articulated lorry's brakes caught fire.

Two fire crews from Shepton Mallet were first on the scene but called for back-up.

Two more crews from Wells joined them and the fire was soon extinguished.

Fortunately the lorry's tank remained unruptured - but 25 per cent of the trailer was moderately damaged by the fire.

Firemen used a thermal image camera to check for hotspots. And HGV mechanics were called out to the scene and changed the wheels before the lorry was able to be driven away in slow convoy to safety.

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