BMW ‘explodes’ on A120 in Essex

The A120 car fire this morning. Picture: TWITTER USER @GRIFF0182 'Darren')

The A120 car fire this morning. Picture: TWITTER USER @GRIFF0182 'Darren') - Credit: Archant

The A120 was closed earlier today after a car reportedly “exploded” into flames in north Essex.

The vehicle, reportedly a BMW, burst into flames near Horsley Cross on the westbound carriageway at around 9am today.

Three fire engines attended. The road was blocked in both directions until it reopened at around 10am.

There were no reports of any serious injuries.

One witness said: “All I could see was a car on fire. When I went past there was no other vehicle so I’m not sure if he had hit someone else or just crashed and caught light. It was a silver BMW. They’ve opened one lane now.”


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Another witness said the vehicle “exploded in front of me”.

An Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Firefighters were called to a car fire on the A120 at the junction with the A133.

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“Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire and left the scene at 10am.”

Meanwhile, police are advising drivers to avoid the A120 at Horsley Cross and the B1028 in Wivenhoe due to adverse weather conditions.

Drifting snow is affecting these two roads, causing difficult driving conditions, and there are two HGVs currently stuck on the Harwich-bound A120 at Horsley Cross.

Adam Pipe, Essex Police’s casualty reduction manager, said: “We are currently working with Highways England and Essex County Council to try and keep these roads clear and safe, and keep traffic moving.

“I ask drivers to please avoid these areas and urge everyone to only take journeys where necessary.

“Please also be careful elsewhere in the county, particularly on the minor roads.”

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