Coach fire shuts M40 during morning rush hour

M40 fire by Oliver Jobson The fire occurred between junction 6 for Watlington and junction 7 for Thame

The M40 in Oxfordshire was closed for a number of hours during the morning rush hour due to a coach fire.

Emergency crews were called to the blaze at about 06:00 BST on the northbound carriageway between junction 6 for Watlington and junction 7 for Thame.

Both carriageways have since reopened but one lane is closed northbound past the scene of the blaze.

There were no passengers on board the vehicle and the driver escaped unhurt.

Repairs to a section of lane one on the northbound carriageway, which remains closed, are expected to take place on Tuesday.

Oliver Jobson, who tweeted a picture of the fire, said the coach had been "completely gutted and engulfed in flames."

Ginge, who got stuck in the tailbacks, came to a standstill southbound, about a mile away from the fire and could "see the smoke in the distance."

"They had a rolling roadblock I think," he told BBC Radio Oxford. "They had a police car and I could see the blue lights in the distance."

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