A motorist in Letterkenny had a lucky escape this afternoon after the van he was driving caught alight.

The incident happened near the top of the busy Port Road.

The alert driver brought the Volkswagen van over to the side of the road.

The emergency services were quickly on the scene.

The Port Road was closed for a period of time - and there were considerable traffic delays.

Fortunately the quick-thinking driver was not injured.

Fire crews washed down the road afterwards and it was subsequently re-opened.

The van was removed from the scene by a recovery truck.

But there were long traffic delays in parts of the town.

As one by-stander observed: "It could have been much worse. It's such a busy area and there are a lot of people about."


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