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Vehicle catches fire after collision in Schaerbeek

A van caught fire after it collided with a bus in Schaerbeek. Credit: Alertes Contrôles De Police - Infos Bruxelles/ Facebook

A delivery van caught fire after it collided with a bus in a boulevard in the Brussels municipality of Schaerbeek on Monday afternoon.

No people were injured in the accident, which took place at around 16:50 in Boulevard Auguste Reyers near the Diamant metro station.

Incoming vehicles had to be deviated through the motorway, according to a Facebook traffic reports page.

🚙🚗🚕 Embarras de circulation 🚙🚗🚕👉 Voiture en feu Diamant (en venant de Meiser) obligation de prendre l’autoroute! 👈

Posted by Alertes Contrôles De Police – Infos Bruxelles on Monday, July 22, 2019

Firefighters were called to the scene to put out the flaming van and the debris on the road had to be cleared off, causing severe traffic disruptions during near rush hour in the busy boulevard.

The disturbances continued until around 19:00, according to users on social media, which said police remained on site after a first tow-truck called to the scene was unable to pull the damaged vehicle away.

The burned van remained on the boulevard as another towing truck attempted to make its way through the congested road to reach the site of the accident.

Gabriela Galindo
The Brussels Times