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M1 reopens after cheese lorry fire at Crick

Lorry fire on M1 in Northamptonshire near Crick junction Image copyright Max Earey
Image caption Max Earey tweeted: "Stuck at the fire for a while so got the Nikons out .. Firefighters laying low (bottom right) to attack the flames"

The M1 in Northamptonshire has fully reopened a day after a cheese lorry fire forced the closure of the carriageway.

Eyewitnesses said there were "a couple of explosions" on the lorry before fire crews arrived, about 19:30 GMT on Monday.

About 18 firefighters attended the incident at junction 18, near Crick. No-one was injured.

Police said all lanes were reopened in time for the evening rush hour.

Eyewitness Max Earey, driving from Crewe to Essex, said he was waiting on the carriageway for more than an hour.

"I could see something on fire in the distance but cars were still getting by - then a couple of lorries stopped to hold the traffic back as they could tell it might get a whole lot worse, which it did," he said.

"There were a couple of explosions and then the emergency services turned up."

Image copyright Max Earey
Image caption The Highways Agency said drivers on Tuesday were facing delays of about 90 minutes

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said "It was was an HGV carrying cheese which caught fire."

BBC Travel news reported drivers were delayed by about 90 minutes, with congestion stretching back to junction 20, following the blaze.

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