A LORRY fire closed off the A45 near Meriden on Tuesday, sparking tailbacks as far as the NEC.
The lorry began smoking as it passed the village, before the cabin burst into flames and motorists pulled over, leaving their vehicles in the road.
The incident happened just before 2pm under the bridge with Showell Lane.
Ambulance crews were called but the lorry driver managed to escape the cabin in time and no-one was hurt in the blaze.
Three fire engines arrived at the scene and managed to extinguish the flames which had engulfed the lorry.
George Cooper, 27, of Westbury Road, Coventry, was one of the motorists directly behind the vehicle when it burst into flames.
He said: “We were just driving at about 30mph. We saw smoke then in the space of 30 seconds the cabin just burst into flames. Cars were just pulling over and an off duty police officer got everyone to stop.
“A lot of people were very concerned being near a lorry with that much fuel in it. They were a bit shook up.”