Fire services were called to the M25 on Thursday morning after a van burst into flames on the clockwise carriageway near Sevenoaks, Kent, causing major traffic delays
A van fire has broken out on the M25 causing rush hour chaos.
The vehicle was seen erupting earlier on Thursday morning as cameras picked up the moment a fireball was seen. Emergency services rushed to the scene near junction 5 for Sevenoaks, Kent, on the motorway’s clockwise carriageway.
Traffic was still being held on the approach to the scene on Thursday morning following the incident, with congestion stretching back to the A21 and Clacket Lane services. Disruption is expected for at least another hour as services work to clear the scene.
A National Highways spokesperson said earlier “Traffic has temporarily stopped on the M25 clockwise between J5 and J6 due to a vehicle fire. Traffic remains blocked and the Kent Fire and Rescue Service remains working on the scene.”
The authority which runs Britain’s motorway network has since confirmed that the motorway is back open. However, there are still delays of up to 90 minutes, and motorists are being urged to re-plan their routes.
Thankfully, the driver was uninjured in the fire. A spokesperson for the fire service said: “Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to reports of a van alight on the M25 clockwise between Junction 5 for Sevenoaks and Junction 7 for Eastbourne.
“Two fire engines attended and crews wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the flames using hose reel jets and compressed air foam. No injuries were reported.”