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Delays on M26 London-bound near Sevenoaks due to lorry fire

The M26 has reopened, four hours after it was shut following a lorry fire.

Emergency services were called to the motorway near Sevenoaks.

Thick black smoke could be seen pouring from the back of the HGV on the hard shoulder.

VIDEO: The lorry on fire on the M26

The London-bound carriageway was shut between Junction 2a for the A20 and Wrotham and the M25.

Traffic was said to have started moving again by 10am after one lane re-opened.

A lorry was on fire. Picture: Matthew Figgett
A lorry was on fire. Picture: Matthew Figgett
Smoke can be seen pouring across the carriageway. Picture: Adam Dench
Smoke can be seen pouring across the carriageway. Picture: Adam Dench

However, one lane remained shut at 12pm as work began to recover the lorry.

Firefighters were called shortly before 9am and crews are using hose reels to extinguish the blaze.

Kent Police and Highways England are also at the scene.


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