The M1 Northbound is closed between J22 and J23A due to a lorry fire.
Traffic on the motorway is now stationary following the fire which broke out around 08:40 and the carriageway was officially closed at 09:15. The Road is expected to be closed until lunchtime.
Police have named the two men who died when the light aircraft they were travelling in came down in a field near the M1 at the weekend.
70-year-old John Gill, from Belper in Derbyshire, and Robert Alan Eaves, 76, of Selston in Nottinghamshire, both died at the scene.
The aircraft came down near to junction 26 of the motorway at around 1:30pm on Saturday.
Post mortem tests have ruled out any medical condition contributing to the crash.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is continuing its inquiries into the crash.
Investigations will continue today after two men died in a plane crash near the M1 in Nottinghamshire on Saturday.
The light aircraft came down in a field close to junction 26 of the motorway near Hucknall. Eyewitnesses say the plane nose-dived towards the road before crash landing in a field.
Work to reduce congestion on the M1 at junction 24 near Kegworth start today.
Six million pounds is being spent on the construction of a new carriageway, in the middle of the junction, to remove traffic travelling from the A50 to the M1 southbound.
This traffic will instead be redirected to the entry slip road at M1 junction 23a via the A453.
The work is expected to be completed in December. 40mph speed limits will be in place throughout the work. The project is being carried out by Laing O'Rourke which is als the company widening the A453 into Nottingham.
Highways Agency Project Manager Kevin Harvey said:
“To have the same contractor for both sets of work will ensure a seamless merge between the two with tighter collaboration in terms of delivery and ensuring disruption is kept to a minimum."
“We apologise in advance for the disruption and inconvenience experienced by road users and businesses, but the junction following this work will be much better and freer flowing, boosting the local economy and driving economic growth.”
Nottinghamshire Police have confirmed tonight that two men have died after the plane they were travelling in came down in a field next to the M1 this afternoon.
They are believed to have been the only people on board when it crashed near to J26 at around 13:30.
Inspectors from the Air Accident Investigation Branch are now examining the scene.
A light aircraft came down in a field next to the M1 around 13:30 this afternoon - there are two casualties.
Two casualties are reported after a small plane crashed just yards from the M1 motorway in Nottinghamshire this afternoon.Read the full story ›
It was very close to the motorway, I would say half the size of a football field away
I rang the Police straight away and pulled over. Two other gentleman were also on their way over to help. The Police, the Ambulance and the Fire Crew were all first-class, amazing response.