TRAFFIC ground to a halt after a van caught fire on a busy road.
The engine of a Vauxhall Vivaro overheated and caught fire on the westbound lane of the A27, close to the junction with the A3M.
It happened at 2.30pm yesterday and police were forced to close the road for up to 90 minutes.
The flames were so fierce there were fears the engine had become welded to the road.
Firefighters from Havant were called to the blaze and put it out after 20 minutes.
Watch manager Craig Sadler said: ‘It was a well-alight, severe fire.
‘Our job was to make the area safe and make sure the driver was okay. He was shaken but alright.’
Firefighters managed to open one lane of traffic and police had reopened the road completely by 4pm.