Almost 6km Of Tailbacks On Costa Del Sol Motorway After Car Catches Fire On A-7

Image of Andalucian emergency services ambulance.

Image of Andalucian emergency services ambulance. Credit: Junta de Andalucia

Tailbacks of almost 6km occurred on the A-7 motorway near the Costa del Sol city of Marbella after a car burst into flames following a collision.

According to the 112 Emergency Service of Andalucia, the incident happened at around 4 pm this Thursday, June 29. Three vehicles were involved in a collision according to the Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT).

Specifically, the accident took place at Km 1,023 of the Autovía del Mediterráneo A-7 where the road passes through Mijas municipality, near El Chapparal beach, heading in the direction of Malaga.

The 112 Emergency Service of Andalucia indicated that there had been no injuries as a result of the accident. However, the DGT reported that ‘up to 6 Km of retentions’ had occurred. Normal traffic flow was resumed by 5 pm though.

A car caught fire on the AP-7 near Marbella

A second incident took place on the AP-7 motorway near the city of Marbella. A vehicle travelling in the direction of Algeciras caught fire and burned out at around 3:15 pm, according to

The 112 coordinating centre immediately deployed the Fire Brigade and Guardia Civil patrols to the location. No injuries were reported by the emergency services and ‘there were no traffic cuts or retentions’. The passengers of the burnt car were said to have got ‘safely out of the car’.

Two people died in Coin after a lorry crashed into a car

Earlier today, another accident occurred at Km 14 of the A-355 in the municipality of Coín. A lorry collided head-on with a car at around 6 am, resulting in the death of two 26-year-olds.

A 61-year-old man was also transferred to the Virgen de la Victoria Clinical Hospital in Malaga, as reported by the 112 Andalucia Emergency services.

An ambulance from the 061 emergency services was immediately deployed to the location, along with patrols from the Guardia Civil and an appliance from the Provincial Fire Brigade. The lorry burst into flames as a result of the impact but this was promptly dealt with by the firefighters before it could spread.

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Written by

Chris King

Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at


    • Foledov

      30 June 2023 • 21:00

      I can’t help but feel for the countless individuals affected by this unfortunate incident on the Costa Del Sol motorway. The event brings into sharp focus the vital importance of ensuring our vehicles are in top-notch condition. That’s not merely a call to action, it’s a wake-up call for us all.

      We shouldn’t underestimate the importance of regular vehicle check-ups, maintenance, and quality parts. As an avid reader of Euro Weekly News, I’ve noticed an alarming increase in such incidents, which we can prevent with the right attention and care.

    • Jon Baker

      01 July 2023 • 18:55

      9 times out of 10 it’s cars that follow the car infront too closely and rear end it. In Mijas incident, 3 vehicles involved … tailgaters ??

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