Lorry fire drama causes M1 chaos in Leicestershire
Part of the M1 was closed for about 10 hours on Saturday after a lorry trailer caught fire, sending exploding aerosol cans flying across the road.
Four fire crews from Coalville, Loughborough and Southern station in Leicester tackled the blaze on the trailer which contained pallets of aerosol cans. A specialist company was called in to lift two 45 gallon drums of non-hazardous chemicals from the trailer.
The driver of the lorry was not injured.
The southbound carriageway was entirely closed between junctions 22 and 23, and the northbound carriageway was reduced to one lane after the blaze, which started at 4.40am. The northbound section was open at 9.10am but the southbound carriageway remained closed for hours after that.
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One lane of the southbound section was opened at 1pm and the other two finally reopened at 2.42pm.
The fire caused long delays for motorists and heavy traffic along diversion routes for most of the day.