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Vehicle fire shuts down Ted Williams Tunnel eastbound

A motor vehicle fire in the Ted Williams Tunnel eastbound forced State Police to shut down access Friday evening, a department spokesman said.

The vehicle caught fire about halfway through the tunnel at about 5:45 p.m., spokesman David Procopio wrote in an e-mail.

“Boston Fire was escorted into the tunnel [against the flow of traffic] due to traffic and people abandoning” their vehicles, Procopio said.

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Fire crews extinguished the flames, but heavy smoke initially prevented any lanes from opening.

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After the burned vehicle was removed, and a ventilation system began clearing smoke, one lane was reopened, he said.

No injuries were reported.

Jake Johnson can be reached at jake.johnson@globe.com.