M4 traffic: Driver escapes burning vehicle on highway as fire causes miles of backwards

Dramatic photos show long queues of traffic at complete standstill for more than a kilometer, while smoke billowed into the air after the incident on the M4 westbound between junction 14 to Hungerford and junction 15 to Swindon

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M4: Traffic piles up to the west after the car is set on fire

A vehicle fire on the busy M4 has caused miles of tailbags, while a giant sinkhole has closed two lanes on the M5.

A car was completely destroyed after it burned on the hard shoulder of the westbound M4 on Saturday just before 3.30pm.



A vehicle fire on busy M4 has caused miles of tailbags
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According to the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Department, the driver managed to escape the fire.

Dramatic photographs of the M4 show long queues of traffic at complete standstill for more than a kilometer, while smoke seeps into the air further up the highway.

Firefighters from Swindon and Newbury stations were called to the scene in response to reports of a small vehicle fire on the M4 westbound between junction 14 of Hungerford and junction 15 of Swindon.

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A car was completely destroyed after it burned
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Newbury Fire Station tweeted: “JY04P1 is currently involved in a car fire on the M4 westbound J14 to 15 with @SwindonFireStn. Expect delays!”

‘The stop message came in at 16.45, and crews left the place just after kl. No injuries were reported. ‘

Two of three lanes between intersections 14 and 15 were closed when firefighters visited the fire.

Two pumps watched the fire and used a hose reel to tackle the flames before leaving just after 6 p.m. 17.00.



Two out of three lanes between intersections 14 and 15 were closed
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But by 5 p.m., there were delays of about 30 minutes and 1.5 miles of congestion on the approach to the fire.

All courses were reopened at 17.40, but according to Highways England, there are still delays of around 10 minutes in the area.

Meanwhile, on the M5, a giant sinkhole opened about six inches deep and a foot long up to damage several vehicles and cause traffic chaos.



All lanes were reopened at 5:40 p.m.




It closed to two lanes of traffic on the M5’s northbound lane between junction eight of the M50 interchange and junction nine at Strensham, Worcestershire.

Gloucestershire police say the cavity opened on the second lane of the northbound lane.

National Highways contractors and specialists are on site performing major repairs.

Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.







Gloucestershire police tweeted: “Lanes 1 and 2 are closed on the M5 NB lane between the J9 for Tewkesbury and the J8 for the M50 interchange.

“This is due to a hole in the other lane – several cars have sustained damage. This is expected to cause delays / tailbags – motorists are advised to seek alternative routes.”

National Highways South-West tweeted: “There are delays of over an hour on the M5 northbound in Gloucestershire due to emergency repairs to road surfaces between the J9 (Tewkesbury) and J8 (for the M50) where 2 (of 3) lanes are closed.







National Highways contractors and specialists are present and repairs will take place throughout the afternoon.

“We strongly recommend that you allow extra time for your trip if you travel in the area this afternoon, and consider alternative routes if at all possible.

“Further information on incidents is available from National Highways by visiting our www.trafficengland.com website and travel apps. Our 24/7 customer contact center is also available to provide up to minute information on 0300 123 5000.”


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