Leicester Mercury

Car bursts into flames on M1

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THE driver escaped unharmed when a car caught fire on the M1.

The driver realised something was wrong and pulled over to the side of the road and escaped before the Mini was consumed by fire, firefighte­rs said.

The drama, reported to the emergency services shortly before 3pm on Thursday, happened in the southbound stretch of the motorway between junction 22 near Markfield and junction 21A approachin­g Leicester Forest East.

As a result, two lanes were closed for about an hour.

Officers from Coalville fire station and Leicester’s Southern station dealt with the fire and later released a photograph, above, of the burned-out vehicle.

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