Glasgow & West Scotland

M8 motorway reopens after fire engulfs lorry near Harthill services

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Image caption Smoke billowed across the motorway as the cab was engulfed by flames

The westbound lanes of the M8 near Harthill services have reopened after being closed due to a lorry fire.

The cab of the vehicle was engulfed in flames and smoke billowing across the carriageway affected visibility.

Police were called about 09:40 and the motorway was shut between Jn 4a Heartlands and Jn 5 Shotts towards Glasgow with diversions in place.

Drivers heading east were also warned to take care because of the smoke.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said the lorry's driver was safe and well. He added that officers from the force were in attendance along with the fire service.

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