Folk singers with guitars have turned up to entertain stranded, sunbathing motorists on the M1 today after a lorry fire closed the road.
Hundreds of drivers are stranded on a stretch of the M1 in Derbyshire on the hottest day of the year after a fire involving a lorry carrying potentially explosive materials.
Firefighters are tackling the blaze between junctions 28 at Alfreton and 29 at Chesterfield which sent a plume of thick, black smoke spiralling into the sky - SEE THE DRAMATIC PHOTOS HERE
The northbound carriageway is closed and not expected to reopen for several hours. The southbound carriageway was shut but is now open.
The incident is causing travel chaos both on the motorway and surrounding roads.
But an entertainer duo known as Tex and Kim have turned up this afternoon to help the crowds, while some motorists have decided to sit on their cars and sunbathe in the traffic.
Derbyshire Fire Service tweeted: “#M1lorryfire Tex and Kim entertain the traffic on a hot day by the side of the M1! #whowouldhavethought Thanks guys.”
Firefighters and paramedics are working to ensure the safety of the drivers stuck in traffic, handing out water and offering suport.
A Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “If you have air-con, put it on and stay in your car and keep hydrated. We are trying to distribute a limited supply of water.
“If you’re feeling ill or suffering adverse effects from heat, make yourself known to paramedics on the scene.”