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M2 hard shoulder drivers in Kent 'delay fire engine'

M2 lorry fire Image copyright Ryan Donnelly
Image caption The lorry carrying bales of hay was engulfed in flames on the hard shoulder

Six drivers are to be prosecuted for driving on the hard shoulder of the M2 after a fire engine trying to reach a lorry in flames was held up.

An articulated lorry carrying bales of hay caught fire on the London-bound motorway between Faversham and Sittingbourne, in Kent, at 10:15 BST.

It is currently closed to traffic with reports of seven-mile tailbacks. There are diversions via the A20 and M20.

Highways England said the motorway was expected to reopen at about 23:00 BST.

No-one is believed to have been injured in the incident.

Image copyright Twitter: @kentpoliceroads
Image caption No-one is believed to have been injured in the fire

Kent Police tweeted that six motorists driving on the hard shoulder would be prosecuted after the fire engine "couldn't get through".

It advised that if stuck on a motorway, drivers should wait and "we will get you out if it is safe".

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