Miles of queues after A1 lorry crash spills diesel across motorway

A lorry has overturned and collided with the central reservation on the A1 in the early hours of the morning, causing miles of queues and huge delays. The crash happened at around 4am this morning (Thursday) between junction 44, which is the exit towards the A64, and junction 45 at Boston Spa. Diesel has leaked across both sides of the carriageway and both the southbound and northbound carriageways were closed while emergency services worked at the scene.

Follow live traffic updates on the A1 crash here The driver of the lorry was taken to hospital for treatment for “non life-threatening injuries”. Six miles of queues have been reported to have built up on the northbound carriageway, though two of the three lanes have now been reopened.

The southbound carriageway remains fully closed “for ongoing vehicle recovery and carriageway clear up work” and traffic is queuing beyond Wetherby.

An overturned lorry on the A1(M) has closed the southbound carriageway

Highways England reports that there are delays of 30 minutes for commuters in both directions. Recovery work has been taking place for a number of hours and a diversion route is in place on the southbound carriageway via Bramham. Pictures from the scene show three lorries working to clear the delivery lorry from the scene.

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A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called at 4.16am to a report a HGV had collided with the central reservation on the A1M between junctions 44 and 45.

“A full closure was put in place as both carriageways were affected.

“The driver was taken to hospital for treatment to non life-threatening injuries.”

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