Trains between Ashford International and Ramsgate suspended due to lorry fire at level crossing in Chartham

Train services have been suspended this afternoon after a lorry caught fire close to a level crossing. The delivery truck – understood to belong to retailer Argos – burst into flames near to the railway line in Chartham, near Canterbury, at about 12.20pm.

A lorry caught fire close to a level crossing in Chartham near Canterbury A lorry caught fire close to a level crossing in Chartham near Canterbury

A huge plume of black smoke was seen rising from the stricken vehicle. A witness said the delivery drivers were able to escape the lorry in Station Road as the fire took hold.

Southeastern says trains are currently unable to run on the line from Ashford International to Ramsgate via Canterbury West, so a bus replacement service is in operation between these stations.

Fire crews at the scene Fire crews at the scene

More to follow…

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