NEWPORT, Maine — A car carrying five New England Patriots fans back to Nova Scotia from Foxborough, Mass., caught fire Monday afternoon near Exit 161 and caused a temporary shutdown of the northbound lanes near Newport, Maine State Police said.
Three of the five occupants, who were all male, were college students, according to State Trooper Tucker Bonnevie.
“It did not happen on the exit. They’d all been to the Patriots game Sunday afternoon and were headed back,” he said. “Their 2007 Nissan Altima caught fire and was fully engulfed by the time emergency crews arrived.”
The fire was reported at 1:34 p.m. Monday.
No injuries resulted from the fire, but the car was a total loss and had to be towed from the scene after firefighters from Plymouth Fire Department responded. No ambulance was required.
“Both lanes were shut down for about 20 minutes, and then restricted to one lane for almost an hour,” Bonnevie said. “Traffic was back to normal in less than two hours.”
Bonnevie said one of the travelers got a ride to Bangor to rent a car and then drive back to pick the others up and finish the return trip.
The five Pats fans did get to witness a victory as New England beat the Buffalo Bills 37-31 at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon.