Fire causes major delays on M1

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MOTORISTS suffered major delays on the M1 which was closed on Thursday evening after an articulated lorry carrying a cocktail of chemicals caught fire.

Thames Valley Police received a call at 6.20pm regarding a truck fire which started on the trailer section of the lorry, which was carrying multiple pallets of different chemicals.

The slip road covering the M1 southbound between junctions 15 and 14 was closed and not fully opened until about 1am on Friday morning as the recovery team worked to ensure the scene was safe.

Northants Fire attended the incident, receiving a call at 6.19pm and arriving on the scene at 6.32pm.

Station Manager Anderson said: “There were multiple pallets of different chemicals, and there was a real explosion risk from petroleum distillates so it was a case of crew members having to put the fire out, stop any possible blowing up and explosions and deal with the water-run off which could pose an environmental risk.

“The fire was out by approximately 8pm but the recovery stage took until the early hours of the morning as things had to cool down and much supervision was needed in case there was anything underneath the pallets or any further risk.”

Chemicals onboard the lorry included flammable liquids, corrosive liquids and toxic liquids.

No one was injured in the incident.