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No one is injured after van bursts into flames

By Alan Erwin

Published 29/01/2016

A driver in Belfast had a lucky escape last night after his van burst into flames on a motorway
A driver in Belfast had a lucky escape last night after his van burst into flames on a motorway

A driver in Belfast had a lucky escape last night after his van burst into flames on a motorway.

The blaze was reported just before 6.30pm on the busy M1 near the Blacks Road off-slip heading into Belfast city centre.

No one was injured in the blaze.

The Belfast Telegraph's political correspondent Noel McAdam, who was driving by at the time, said it appeared the blaze had started in the vehicle's engine.

"It was quite a fire," he said. "It looked quite dramatic from my angle; as you approached you couldn't see what was behind the flames."

Another road user posted on Twitter: "Van on fire on M1 city bound at Blacks Road bridge. Dense black smoke across both carriageways."

Emergency traffic warnings were issued urging other drivers to slow down and steer clear of the burning wreck, which was on the hard shoulder.

Firefighters quickly attended the scene and by 7pm confirmed it had been extinguished.

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue service confirmed no one was injured in the incident. It's understood the van's driver had managed to pull over to the hard shoulder before calling for assistance.

The cause of the blaze is unknown.

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