THE M40 west of Oxford has reopened after a vehicle fire between junctions 6 and 7 brought traffic to a standstill.

According to traffic reports it was a trailer, carrying a boat, along the southbound carriageway that had caught fire.

The Highways Agency said at 3.30pm that all lanes had reopened, after one initially remained closed while the carriageway was cleared.

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While the incident was ongoing drivers said the whole southbound carriageway was brought to a halt from and remained shut until 3.30pm.

Vicky Lygoe wrote on Twitter at 2.28pm: "Car on fire on #M40 southbound just past Oxford. Traffic at a standstill and has been for a while now."

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