Long delays on M1 Leicestershire after crash leaves vehicle on fire

Motorists are being warned of long delays on the M1 in Leicestershire this afternoon after a serious accident.

Two lanes have been closed on the M1 Southbound, just pass the Leicester Forest East service station. This has caused severe congestion going back to J22.

Leicestershire Fire & Rescue reported that two vehicles were involved in the collision, with one vehicle bursting into flames. All the occupants are out of the vehicles and on the hard shoulder.

Motorists have been advised to avoid the area and use an alternative route where possible. Updates to this story will appear below. To keep up with all the latest news, please like our Facebook Page or join our Leicestershire Breaking News group.

LIVE UPDATES:

5:45pm: Recovery work has been completed southbound at J21. Congestion is easing – resulting in delays to leave the M69 and around Fosse Park from the Asda roundabout & Soar Valley Way towards the M1

4:35pm: Two lanes remain blocked just past the Leicester Forest East Services at J21. Severe congestion on the M1 southbound from J22