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Burning car starts vegetation fire, blocks traffic in CT

Traffic was brought to a complete standstill on the N2 highway towards Cape Town.

Many motorists got out of their vehicles to get a better view ahead. Picture: Twitter via @EWNTraffic.

CAPE TOWN - Traffic was brought to a complete standstill on the N2 highway towards Cape Town after a vehicle caught alight on Monday morning.

Delivery trucks, busses, taxis and a small crane were among the vehicles brought to a standstill on the N2 incoming before Rapenburg Road. Many motorists got out of their vehicles to get a better view of what was happening ahead.

At this stage it's unclear what caused the car to catch fire.

The blaze from the vehicle has also led to a vegetation fire on the side of the N2 near the Rapenberg Road turn-off.

Cape Town Traffic Services' Richard Coleman said, "Due to the heavy smoke, we've closed the N2 on the incoming side at Jan Smuts Drive. So all traffic is diverted onto Jan Smuts Drive to come in towards town."