image caption The freeway was closed Wednesday evening near the Eaglesfield junction
Many drivers reported being stuck in long freeways while the road was closed near the Eaglesfield junction.
Among them was Sarra Hoy, wife of Olympian Sir Chris Hoy, who tweeted: "Standstill M74 northbound near Gretna after what appears to be be a terrible accident. Don't move anytime soon. "
The people of viThe neighboring Kirkpatrick-Fleming floor brought food and drink to people stranded in traffic.
Stephen Muir, 38, said: "I delivered about 100 popsicles, about 150 bottles of 'water, juice, potatoes, chips donated by villagers and local businesses. I am the president of the community council and we are a close community, we like to help each other.
"I work all over the country and have had many accidents without food or drink.
" From my home I could see a few children standing outside the vehicles with their parents. It was 26 ° C outside, so I thought it was right to go and offer some help. "