Family’s lucky escape after car fire in A1(M) Hatfield Tunnel

A car caught fire in the A1(M) Hatfield Tunnel

A car caught fire in the A1(M) Hatfield Tunnel - Credit: Archant

A family had a lucky escape after a car fire in the A1(M) Hatfield Tunnel.

On Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, police were called shortly before 2.20pm to reports of a Vauxhall Astra on fire in the tunnel.

The southbound carriageway was closed between Junction 3 and 4 for about 30 minutes.

Fire crews from Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City and St Albans were called to the scene and were mobilised within 40 seconds.

Crews reported that the car was “well alight” and had extinguished the blaze with one hose reel by 2.45pm.


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The fire service had received at least 20 calls to the scene in quick succession.

A police spokesman said: “It looks like there were four people in the vehicle and the family were taken by police to their destination in Hertfordshire.”

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