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Car bursts into flames on the M2 near Chatham – live updates

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Original article from Kent Live

A car towing a horse box has caught fire on the M2 – initially bringing traffic to a standstill.

Two of the three lanes have reopened since the incident after 9am today (May 23), with London-bound traffic the first to be released.

Pictures show the horse appears to have been safely removed from the horsebox while the vehicle was on fire in the hard shoulder.

Despite traffic being released, delays of up to 30 minutes can be expected.

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The affected traffic is between J3 for Chatham and Rochester and J4 A278 at Hoath Way for Gillingham

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Key Events

  • Kent Fire and Rescue Service confirm there are no reported injuries
  • All lanes have reopened
  • 30 minute delays

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Traffic is now clearing up on the M2 eastbound route following a vehicle fire at about 9.10am this morning.

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KEY EVENT

Kent Fire and Rescue Service confirm there are no reported injuries

A spokesperson said: "Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to a vehicle alight which was towing a horse box, on the M2 coast-bound between junction 3 and junction 4 near Bredhurst.

"Two fire engines attended and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire. The horse and the horse box were not impacted by the fire, and there were no reported injuries. The cause is not yet known.

"Both carriageways were closed while emergency services responded, and the London-bound carriageway has now reopened."

KEY EVENT

All lanes have reopened

All lanes have reopened following the vehicle earlier this morning, according to Inrix traffic managment service.

A statement from the service reads: "Traffic is now being released again after a lane one (of three) closure was put in place due to a car towing a horse box caught fire on the hard shoulder, traffic was held in both directions earlier this morning."

Traffic between J3 and J4 on the M2 eastbound is moving again after all lanes being reopened

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Slow moving eastbound traffic

Highways England live maps show heavy traffic travelling eastbound.

Londonbound traffic appears to be returning back to normal

Live traffic maps

KEY EVENT

30 minute delays

Highways England have confirmed drivers can expect 30 minute delays on the M2 eastbound at Bredhurst.

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