Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames

, Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames, The Today News USA

A vehicle fire on the M4 motorway has caused miles of tailbacks as a car was completely destroyed by flames, but the driver miraculously escaped the blaze.

A private vehicle was left completely destroyed after it caught fire on the hard shoulder of the M4 just before 3.30pm on Saturday. 

The small car was left ‘100 per cent destroyed’ by the flames, according to Dorset and Wiltshire fire service. 

Dramatic photographs showed queues of traffic at a complete standstill for more than a mile on the M4 as smoke billowed into the air further up the motorway.

, Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames, The Today News USA

, Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames, The Today News USA

A private vehicle was left completely destroyed after it caught fire on the hard shoulder of the M4 just before 3.30pm on Saturday

, Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames, The Today News USA

, Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames, The Today News USA

The small car was left ‘100 per cent destroyed’ by the flames, according to Dorset and Wiltshire fire service

, Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames, The Today News USA

, Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames, The Today News USA

Fire crews from Swindon and Newbury stations rushed to the scene at 3.30pm after reports of a small vehicle fire on the M4 westbound between junction 14 and 15

Fire crews from Swindon and Newbury stations rushed to the scene at 3.30pm after reports of a small vehicle fire on the M4 westbound between junction 14 and 15. 

The driver and passengers in the vehicle miraculously escaped the blaze, with Dorset and Wiltshire fire service confirming that all the occupants were accounted for and away from the car at the time.

National Highways South East closed two out of three lanes between junctions 14 and 15 while the fire was dealt with.

, Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames, The Today News USA

At 5pm, just one-and-a-half hours after the blaze, there were delays of around 30 minutes and 1.5miles of congestion on the approach to the blaze.

All lanes were reopened at 5.40pm while there are still delays of around 10 minutes in the area, according to Highways England.  

, Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames, The Today News USA

, Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames, The Today News USA

The driver and passengers in the vehicle miraculously escaped the blaze. All the occupants were accounted for and away from the car at the time, the fire service confirmed

, Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames, The Today News USA

, Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames, The Today News USA

Dramatic photographs showed queues of traffic at a complete standstill on the M4 as smoke was seen billowing into the air further up the motorway

, Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames, The Today News USA

, Vehicle fire on the busy M4 causes miles of tailbacks as car is completely destroyed by flames, The Today News USA

National Highways South East closed two out of three lanes between junctions 14 and 15 while the fire was dealt with. The lanes have since been reopened

Two pumps, one from Swindon fire service and one from Newbury, attended the fire. They have since left the scene.

Traffic is expected to have cleared on the motorway from around 5.30pm, Highways England travel updates said.

A Twitter statement from Newbury Fire Station said: ‘JY04P1 currently attending a car fire on the M4 westbound J14 to 15 with @SwindonFireStn. Expect delays!  

A National Highways South East spokesperson said: ‘M4 J14 Hungerford to J15 Swindon – Due to a vehicle fire we have temporarily stopped all traffic on the approach whilst DWFireRescue deal. We will update again shortly.’

MailOnline has contacted National Highways South East for comment.