Lorry fire ‘explosion’ closes M1 near Leicester

The M1 has been shut at Leicester after a lorry burst into flames on the northbound carriageway. Emergency services are on the scene of the incident, which happened between junction 21 for the M69 and Fosse Park and junction 22 for Markfield and Coalville. A driver in the area reported hearing ‘an explosion’ from the area near Leicester Forest East Services.

Traffic website Inrix is reporting that all traffic is stationary after being temporarily held. There is widespread congestion in the area as a result of the incident, including on the southbound carriageway, where heavy smoke is also reported to be hindering drivers. We are reporting on this event live.

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