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M20 blocked by car fire on southbound carriageway


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Traffic built up on the M20 after a car burst into flames this morning.

Emergency crews were called to the coastbound carriageway between junctions 5 and 6 near Maidstone shortly before 11.30am.

Onlookers captured pictures of smoke billowing from the car, which blocked part of the road.

Car on fire on the M20. Pic: Jenny Cosgrove
Car on fire on the M20. Pic: Jenny Cosgrove
Emergency crews at the scene. Pic: Elizabeth Leslie
Emergency crews at the scene. Pic: Elizabeth Leslie

Kent Fire and Rescue Services sent two fire engines to tackle the blaze.

Crews used breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to put out the flames.

Car fire blaze on M20 today. Picture: Highways England.
Car fire blaze on M20 today. Picture: Highways England.

One lane remains closed (12.30pm) as the debris is cleared.

Smoke billowing from M20 car fire. Picture: Jenny Cosgrove.
Smoke billowing from M20 car fire. Picture: Jenny Cosgrove.
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