Motorists were spitting feathers after a lorry caught fire and spilled its load of duck down across a busy main road – causing hours of delays.
Rush hour traffic backed up along the westbound carriageway of the A14 following the incident near Hemingford Grey, Cambs.
The lorry, which was carrying duck feathers for pillows and clothing, spilled its load after a ruptured diesel tank caused a fire.
The blaze started at 5.45am on Wednesday and the dual carriageway was closed between junction 24 and junction 26, causing delays for several hours.
However, the 20ft flames were extinguished by 9.15am and the road was reopened.
Eddie Theaker, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Incident Commander, said: ”This was a potentially dangerous incident as the lorry’s diesel tank had ruptured and the fire was extensive.
”The westbound carriageway had a lot of debris on it caused by the feathers and all agencies worked hard to ensure that it was cleared as soon as possible.”