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M1 expected to be closed overnight

The stretch of M1 where a lorry burst in to flames earlier today is expected to be closed overnight for resurfacing, according to Highways England.

M1 expected to be closed overnight Credit: Faye Victoria

The agency is hoping the road will be reopened in time for tomorrow morning's rush hour, but due to high temperatures overnight it was difficult to predict the exact time it could take traffic.

Tailbacks on M1 after lorry fire

M1 motorway closed after lorry catches fire

The M1 motorway has been closed in both directions between Junction 28 and 29 this afternoon after a lorry caught fire.

Credit: Jim Napier / Twitter

Pictures posted on social media showed thick black smoke in the sky.

The blaze, close to Mansfield, is now believed to be under control but the motorway lanes remain closed.

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