M1 to remain CLOSED for hours after huge lorry fire

The M1 motorway is expected to remain closed for hours after a huge lorry fire sent smoke billowing across the carriageway.

By Sam Cooper
Wednesday, 13 March, 2019, 17:57

The lorry caught fire on the hard shoulder of the M1 southbound at junction 42 near Leeds.

Motorists have reported delays of up to an hour-and-a-half and there are long tailbacks in the area.

Lorry fire on the M1 motorway. Picture: Matthew Barber.

Highways England said the fire was now out and the northbound carriageway had reopned.

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But it added the southbound carriageway would remain closed while repairs were made to the carriageway.

The damage to the carriageway. Picture: Highways England.

The diversion is to leave the M1 at junction 42 at Lofthouse and then rejoin the motorway at the roundabout.