Lorry full of grapes goes up in flames on Kent section of M25

PUBLISHED: 08:53 12 April 2016 | UPDATED: 08:53 12 April 2016



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Fire crews aided by passing sludge gulper, described as a ‘good Samaritan’ by emergency teams

Fire crews had to tackle a lorry full of grapes on fire on the M25 last night (Monday) - aided by a passing sludge gulper which provided water to bring the flames under control.

Three lanes of the motorway, between junctions two and three - Dartford and Swanley - were closed for a short time as crews tackled the fire on the hard shoulder.

They were aided by the ‘good samaritan’ driver of the sludge gulper who stopped to assist.

It is thought the fire was caused by overheated brakes.

Around 10 per cent of the trailer was damaged by fire and the contents, believed to be grapes, were undamaged. By 7pm the fire was extinguished and all lanes opened shortly after. The incident occured around 6.15pm.

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