M1 motorway chaos near Rugby as van catches fire

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A VAN fire caused traffic chaos on the M1 near Rugby this morning (Wednesday).

Emergency services were called to the M1 southbound near junction 17 at Watford Gap earlier this morning after a van caught fire.

Two lanes on the southbound carriageway are currently closed and the incident is causing miles of tailbacks stretching back to past junction 18 at Crick and 19 at Catthorpe.

The incident is also having a knock-on effect on the northbound carriageway.