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M2 reopens near Gillingham after car caught fire


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A stretch of the M2 that was shut after a car caught on fire has been reopened.

Photos showed traffic queuing on the motorway's eastbound carriageway near Gillingham at about 1.30pm, as a huge plume of black smoke issued into the air.

Video shows smoke billowing over the M2

The fire service and police rushed to the scene by Junction 4, for the A278 Hoath Way, shortly before 1pm to a report a broken-down car had caught alight.

Lane One was closed, with motorists diverted off and back onto the M2 via the Junction 4 exit and entry sliproads.

Traffic queuing on the M2 after a car caught fire
Traffic queuing on the M2 after a car caught fire
Black smoke could be seen issuing into the air
Black smoke could be seen issuing into the air

But the road was fully reopened at 3pm.

The blaze was safely extinguished by firefighters, and police have confirmed nobody was injured in the incident.

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