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Coach blaze on M25 brings rush hour traffic to halt but passengers unhurt

PUBLISHED: 10:31 04 October 2013 | UPDATED: 10:44 04 October 2013

The coach alight on the closed M25 as traffic queues in the other direction. Picture: Kent Police

The coach alight on the closed M25 as traffic queues in the other direction. Picture: Kent Police

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Passengers on a coach that caught fire escaped unhurt yesterday as the blaze closed the M25.

It had been travelling on the motorway between junction three at Swanley and four at Orpington when the engine is thought to have overheated.

Firefighters from Orpington and Kent were called when the blaze broke out around 6.30pm.

Two hose reels, foam and a water unit were needed to bring it under control as plumes of black smoke rose into the air.

Passenger Oliver Lewis wrote on Twitter: “The bus was boiling hot all the way down and then smoke and then fire.”

The coach pulled on to the hard shoulder and passengers were evacuated before the fire started.

Teenagers were given foil blankets while they waited at the side of the carriageway watching the flames grow.

The M25 ground to a halt during rush hour while emergency services dealt with the incident and the carriageway was closed for the Highways Agency to recover the coach and clean diesel off the road.

Did you see the fire? Send your pictures to lizzie.dearden@archant.co.uk.

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