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- A bus has caught fire on the A338 Spur Road
- The road was previously closed northbound - traffic is now moving slowly in one lane
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Here's another picture we've been sent from Derek Lockyer, which appears to be taken from another passing double decker bus
Travel Dorset have said delays are now in excess of 45 minutes on the A338 Spur Road northbound
UPDATE | A338 at Ashley Heath remains blocked northbound due to burnt out vehicle in carriageway. Severe delays in excess of 45 minutes.— @TravelDorset 19 February 2014
A338 very slow coming out of Bournemouth by Ashley Heath following a vehicle fire (15:30)— @Traffic_SouthW 19 February 2014
Apparently traffic is still 'solid' on the A338 northbound, so if you can avoid the area, do
UPDATE | A338 remains blocked Northbound due to burnt out vehicle. Severe delays to be expected as a result.— @TravelDorset 19 February 2014
A338 northbound all lanes reopen at Ashley Heath after a vehicle fire (15:04)— @Traffic_SouthW 19 February 2014
Craig Spriggs, who works at the garage opposite, said there was thick black smoke and a large bang when a tyre exploded @Bournemouthecho— @SteveSmithEcho 19 February 2014
Here's some footage of the smouldering remains of the bus filmed by Chief Reporter Steve Smith at the scene:
Watch Manager Allen Westerby at the scene of the bus fire on the A338 @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/FCOsbwv2j3— @SallyDailyEcho 19 February 2014
Cause of bus fire thought to be electrical, but investigation to come once vehicle recovered @Bournemouthecho— @SteveSmithEcho 19 February 2014
Charred and smoking remains of the bus which caught fire on the A338 @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/uEG7Y4064L— @SallyDailyEcho 19 February 2014
Charred and smoking remains of the bus which caught fire on the A338 @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/EipIW0P6Id— @SallyDailyEcho 19 February 2014
Watch mgr Allen Westerby said five passengers were on the bus and escaped safely. Driver ensured they got to safety @Bournemouthecho— @SteveSmithEcho 19 February 2014
Although the road has been re-opened northbound there are still long delays on the A338 Spur Road northbound:
@Bournemouthecho Massive tailbacks on A338 still. Road reopened yet queues back to Bournemouth hospital junction. AVOID at all costs.— @nicolalalalar 19 February 2014
Here's another picture we've been sent in by JR Miramon
Traffic moving slowly in one lane northbound
Spur Road, Bournemouth: Reopened northbound past the scene of an earlier bus fire 1/2 way between Blackwater & Ashley Heath. Long delays.— @Wave105Travel 19 February 2014
There's been a serious crash between an articulated lorry and a car in North Dorset - information on that here
Firefighters damping down remains of the bus @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/OxGIQspOTI— @SteveSmithEcho 19 February 2014
Northbound carriageway of A338 has now reopened. Crews are currently damping down the double decker— @DFRSFireControl 19 February 2014
If going from Bournemouth towards Ringwood DO NOT go this way! Road is closed #busfire http://t.co/HRB77rHoE4— @RacingGirlKaz 19 February 2014
Traffic is now being allowed to pass by northbound
Fire fighters attend a bus fire on the A338 northbound, traffic stuck now allowed to pass @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/C6JQWJLxS2— @SallyDailyEcho 19 February 2014
Reporter Steve Smith says there aren't any passengers on the side of the road. He is waiting to speak to the incident commander from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service
Fire fighters attend a double decker bus fire on the A338 northbound @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/dGjHwBvbhQ— @SallyDailyEcho 19 February 2014
Fire fighters attend a double decker bus fire on the A338 northbound @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/vlHKdhbjVJ— @SallyDailyEcho 19 February 2014
The bus has been destroyed more or less @Bournemouthecho— @SteveSmithEcho 19 February 2014
Reporter Steve Smith says lots of motorists are stuck between the road closure and the bus
Many vehicles stuck between closure and scene @Bournemouthecho— @SteveSmithEcho 19 February 2014
Bus appears to be badly damaged. Fire incident commander on scene says road to be reopened shortly @Bournemouthecho— @SteveSmithEcho 19 February 2014
Unrelated to this incident, but there's been a crash on the A350 in Compton Abbas, which is closed in both directions between Drones Lane junction and the A30 Christy's Lane junction because of an accident.
We will update this as soon as possible.
A338 Spur Road, Bournemouth: Now closed northbound at Blackwater due to a bus fire 1/2 way between Blackwater & Ashley Heath.— @Wave105Travel 19 February 2014
On way to by fire on A338. Nbound traffic being taken off at Blackwater. Queues backing up and alternative routes slow @bournemouthecho— @SteveSmithEcho 19 February 2014
Adam, 27, said: "I was there before the fire engines arrived.
"I couldn't see any people on the bus, but I did see what I thought might be the driver and a passenger standing about 20 to 30 feet away from it."
He said the heat from the blaze was so intense he could feel it from the other side of the road.
@Bournemouthecho http://t.co/rhOBtrPedV— @RenatoMMarques 19 February 2014
We've been sent this video footage from Adam Hall
Bournemouth Airport spokesperson says they are aware of the fire, but no flights are currently affected by the problems
Sorry for the confusion - the official word is that the incident is on the A338 St Ives, northbound at the A31 Ringwood Road, and the A338 is blocked northbound at the Ashley Heath Interchannge.
We have a reporter and photographer on their way to the scene, and will update as specifically as possible when we have more information.
1:57pm Wed 19 Feb 14
So where is the fire?? A338 northbound, or A31 Eastbound? Are we OK coming up the Spur road? Report is confusing to say the least......
@Bournemouthecho have been diverted via matchams lane - only the shell left of the bus— @Chesty1_40 19 February 2014
If you've been affected, or have any photographs of the fire (taken safely of course!), please get in touch - 01202 411296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Police say other roads may be closed as a result of the incident, but at the moment, it appears that just the northbound carriageway of the A338 is affected
We've had an update from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. Three crews are currently on the scene from Ferndown, Christchurch and Ringwood dealing with the blaze.
A spokesperson said: "An ambulance came across the incident separately and stopped to make sure there were no casualties.
"Crews are using breathing apparatus and hose reel jets."
This is sounding like a big fire, although fortunately there don't appear to be any reported injuries.
Bournemouth Airport has been informed because there's so much smoke in the air
We've been sent this picture of the double decker bus on fire from Emma Hassell
A Dorset Police spokesperson said a call came in at 1.20pm from the bus company reporting the fire.
It involves a double-decker bus
Pls avoid A338/A31 if you can - we're dealing with a bus fire near Ashley Heath #busyday #staysafe— @DorsetFire 19 February 2014
Firefighters are currently dealing with a double decker bus that has caught fire on the A338..
The northbound side of the road is blocked because of smoke blowing across the road from the fire.