M1 southbound closed between junctions 22 and 23 in Leicestershire due to lorry fire
The M1 southbound has been closed between junctions 22 and 23 in Leicestershire after a lorry trailer caught fire and sent exploding aerosol cans flying across the carriageways.
The entire southbound section was closed down and the northbound carriageway reduced to one lane after the incident at 4.40am this morning.
By 10.30am the entire northbound section was open but the southbound carriage way remained closed.
Four fire crews from Coalville, Loughborough and Southern station in Leicester were called out to tackle the blaze on the trailer which contained pallets of aerosol cans.
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A specialist company was called in to lift off two 45 gallon drums of non-hazardous chemicals on the trailer.
The driver of the lorry was not injured.
Motorists are being advised to leave the motorway at junction 23, Shepshed, and join the A512 (westbound), to travel via the B591 (southbound) and the A511 (eastbound) to re-join the M1 at junction 22 near Markfield.
There are long delays in the area due to the closure.