UPDATE: Sliproad between M25 and A2 CLOSED as lorry carrying chocolate REIGNITES after causing delays across north Kent
PUBLISHED: 14:35 20 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:27 20 July 2017
Traffic has also been bad on the M20 London-bound, A249 southbound, and A229 southbound as a result
A lorry carrying chocolate bars which caught fire and caused severe delays on the A2 this morning has reignited and closed a key sliproad.
Emergency services were first called just before 6.30am on Thursday and lanes were shut on the London-bound carriageway between A2260 Ebbsfleet and the exit for junction two of the M25 for some eight hours.
Huge queues meant drivers took several hours to travel past the incident near the junction for Bluewater shopping centre.
As fire chiefs tried to move the lorry and its load, it “flared up” again, however crews quickly brought the second blaze under control.
The truck is currently on the M25 anti-clockwise entry slip at junction two, from the A2, and the slip has been closed as a result.
Highways chiefs say delays remain on the A2 and advise allowing extra time for journeys and considering alternative routes where possible.
During the morning rush hour, there were also long delays on the following routes: M20 London-bound between junction seven (A249) and junction four (A228); A249 southbound between M2 junction three and M20 junction six; and A229 southbound between M2 junction three and M20 junction six.
There are no reports of any injuries and the cause of the fire is not known.