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Major delays as chocolate lorry goes up in flames

Sky News logo Sky News 20/07/2017
Three of four lanes were closed as fire crews were dispatched to the scene © Other Three of four lanes were closed as fire crews were dispatched to the scene

Motorists were told they faced hours of delays after a lorry carrying 25 tonnes of chocolate bars went up in flames on a major road.

Three of the four lanes on the London-bound A2 near Bluewater shopping centre in Kent were closed on Thursday morning as firefighters were dispatched to the scene.

Kent Fire and Rescue said crews managed to extinguish the blaze, which was concentrated in the lorry's cab, using a high-pressure hose reel jet with compressed air foam.

Three of four lanes on the A2 were closed after the fire. Pic: Dean Scott © Other Three of four lanes on the A2 were closed after the fire. Pic: Dean Scott

A spokesman said there were no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire was unknown.

Efforts were being made to remove the lorry's cargo so the vehicle could be recovered.

Highways England said the chocolate melted onto the carriageway and urged drivers to allow extra time for their journeys.

Congestion in the area was made worse following a crash between the junctions for Gravesend west and Gravesend central.

Two people sustained minor injuries in the collision involving a car and a motorcycle.

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