A MAJOR blaze was underway on the busy M74 in Lanarkshire during rush hour on Wednesday.

Emergency services responded to reports of a car transporter that burst into flames on the packed motorway, blowing plumes of smoke across both carriageways.

The vehice came to a halt at junction 8 Canderside, bringing traffic on the northbound road to a standstill.

Three fire crews tackled the blaze, and there are no reports of any injuries.

A spokesman for SFRS said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 7.48am to reports of a fire which had taken hold within a car transporter on the M74 northbound.

“Operations Control mobilised four fire engines to the scene between junctions eight and nine and firefighters are tackling the flames.

“The motorway is closed northbound.

“Crews currently remain in attendance.”

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