Ma­jor tail­backs on mo­tor­way as blaze breaks out in van

The Argus - - NEWS -

Mo­torists trav­el­ling north on the M1 towards Dun­dalk last week were faced with long tail­backs when a ma­jor blaze broke out in a ve­hi­cle on the north­bound lane.

The van, which Dun­dalk gar­dai con­firmed was a UK reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle, re­port­edly caught fire while the driver was mak­ing his way along the mo­tor­way on Tues­day evening last, Fe­bru­ary 20th,

Luck­ily, the driver es­caped un­harmed. Dun­dalk Fire Ser­vice were called to the scene, and the van was later towed away.

Mean­while, in sep­a­rate de­vel­op­ments, gar­dai at Dun­dalk have ap­pealed to mo­torists not to leave valu­ables in their ve­hi­cles, par­tic­u­larly when park­ing at iso­lated lo­ca­tions around the county.

The warn­ing came af­ter a series of break-ins to ve­hi­cles in north Louth over the last week.

In one in­ci­dent, a car was bro­ken into at Ravens­dale Park. Thieves searched the boot of the ve­hi­cle, and stole a hand­bag and its con­tents. An­other ve­hi­cle was tar­get­ted near Tem­ple­town beach, with a ruck sack and its con­tents stolen.

Van on fire on M1.

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