Travel chaos has affected two UK motorways as a massive sinkhole closed two lanes on the M5 and damaged several vehicles, while a car was completely destroyed by flames on the M4, Which caused a tailback of miles.
On Saturday afternoon a sinkhole closed two lanes of traffic between junction eight to the M50 interchange on the northbound carriageway of the M5 and junction nine in Strainsham, Worcestershire.
Meanwhile, the M4 was also hit miles backwards after a small car was ‘100 percent destroyed’ near Swindon at around 3.30 pm.
On the busy M5 near the Cotswolds, there has been a delay of over an hour A huge cavity about six inches deep and a foot long opened on the motorway.
According to Gloucestershire Police, Guha was in the second lane of the northbound carriageway and caused damage to several vehicles, which are now on hard shoulders.
A sinkhole has damaged cars and closed two lanes of traffic on the northbound carriageway of the M5 between Junction Eight and Junction Nine in Strainsham, Worcestershire.
Meanwhile, a private vehicle was completely destroyed after a fire broke out in the hard shoulder of the M4 just before 3.30 pm on Saturday.
National highway contractors and experts are on the spot and repair work is already underway, while motorists were urged to look for alternative routes.
A tweet from NH South-West read: ‘The M5 on the north side in Gloucestershire is delayed by over an hour due to emergency repair of road surface between J9 (Tewkesbury) and J8 (for M50), Where 2 (out of 3) lanes are closed.
‘National highway contractors and experts are present, and repairs will take place throughout the afternoon.
‘We strongly recommend that you allow extra time for your visit if you are traveling in this area this afternoon, and consider alternative routes if possible.
‘Further incident information is available from National Highways by visiting our www.trafficengland.com website and travel apps. Our 24/7 customer contact center is also available on 0300 123 5000 to provide up to the minute information.
Gloucestershire Police tweeted: ‘The J9 to Tewkesbury on the M5 NB carriageway and the J8 to M50 interchange are closed between lanes 1 and 2.
‘This is due to a hole in the other lane – several cars have sustained damage. This is expected to cause delays/tailbacks – motorists are advised to look for alternative routes.’
Elsewhere, a private vehicle was completely destroyed after a fire broke out in the hard shoulder of the M4 on the west side just before 3.30 pm on Saturday.
According to the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service, the small car was ‘100 percent destroyed’ by the flames
Firefighters from Swindon and Newbury stations arrived at the scene at 3.30 pm after a small vehicle fire was reported on the M4 on the west side between junctions 14 and 15.
According to the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service, the small car was ‘100 percent destroyed’ by the flames, but the driver remarkably managed to escape the fire.
On the M4, dramatic photos showed lines of traffic at a complete standstill for more than a mile, as smoke spread into the air above the motorway.
Fire personnel from Swindon and Newbury stations arrived at the scene at 3.30 pm after a small vehicle fire was reported on the M4 westbound between Junction 14 to Hungerford and Junction 15 to Swindon.
The driver and passengers in the vehicle miraculously survived the fire, with the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service confirming there were no casualties.
National Highway South East closed two of the three lanes between junctions 14 and 15, while the fire was brought under control.
At 5 p.m., an hour and a half after the fire, there was a delay of about 30 minutes and a 1.5-mile rush when the fire approached.
The driver and the occupants of the vehicle miraculously escaped the fire. All occupants were accounted for and were away from the car at the time, the fire service confirmed
Dramatic photos showed traffic lines on the M4 coming to a complete standstill as smoke billowed into the air over the motorway.
National Highway South East closed two of the three lanes between junctions 14 and 15, while the fire was brought under control. the streets have been reopened
According to Highways England, all lanes reopened at 5.40 pm, while there is still a delay of about 10 minutes in the area.
Two pumps, one from Swindon Fire Service and one from Newbury, joined the fire and used a hose reel to douse the flames. They left after five o’clock in the evening.
Highway England Travel Updates said that traffic on the motorway is expected to clear from around 5.30 pm.
A Twitter statement from Newbury Fire Station said: ‘JY04P1 is currently setting a car on fire from M4 Westbound J14 to 15 with @SwindonFireStn. expect delays!’
A National Highway South East spokesperson said: ‘We were called at 3:30 this afternoon to find a small vehicle on fire at the M4a West Member Service.
‘A crew from Swindon participated with equipment from the Oxfordshire FRS.
‘Upon arrival staff found a car well down, two wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet to put out the fire but the vehicle was completely destroyed.
The stop message came at 4:45 pm and the staff left the spot after 5 pm. No casualties have been reported.