A road which was blocked for more than five hours after a lorry shed its load of instant mashed potato has reopened. North Yorkshire Police say the potato has now been cleared off the A64 near Malton. Crews spent hours using freezing chemicals, snowploughs and high-pressure hoses to clear the mess.
At times, the road was described by officers as being like "an ice rink." The spillage led to long delays for motorists driving to and from the North Yorkshire coast. One traveller posted on facebook that she had been stuck for three hours.
The mash smash, in which nobody was injured, led to a flurry of punning posts on social media and has even been reported by one of Canada's biggest newspapers, The Toronto Sun.
A lorry load of instant mashed potato which has spilled onto the A64 near Malton, North Yorkshire is proving to be a very slippery problem for emergency services trying to reopen the road. Crews have tried using freezing chemicals, snowploughs, gritters and now high-powered hoses to clear the mess.
But after five hours, North Yorkshire Police say the road remains like "an ice rink." The westbound lane from Scarborough is being reopened because of long tailbacks, but the instant mash which swelled up across the road when the lorry lost a quarter of its load is proving stubbornly resistant.
The North Yorkshire Police force control room is trying to make light of the difficulties. It has re-tweeted one social media posting “@NYPControlRoom: Update on #A64 Instant Mash situation. Emergency Services are utilising various methods to clear." Gravy, bangers, forks.
North Yorkshire police have tweeted this picture after a lorry shed its load of instant mash potato across the A64 causing traffic chaos.
Motorists are being urged to avoid the A64 near Malton, North Yorkshire, after a lorry spilled its load of instant mashed potato. The mash is said to have swelled up as it covered the road causing a number of drivers to skid.
Nobody was injured in the incident which happened at 3.25pm on Saturday. Police and the fire service are currently at the scene and the road has been closed in both directions at the Castle Howard junction. The lorry is thought to have lost around a quarter of its contents.
The Government's being warned to make flood protection a priority over cost-cutting.
A report by a Commons committee says maintenance work must be kept up to prevent a repeat of last winter's floods along the Yorkshire Coast.
Thirsk and Malton MP Anne McIntosh, who is a member of the Commons committee, is also urging the Government to learn lessons from flood defences already being built in North Yorkshire.
Police have released a picture of the victim of a train crash yesterday in North Yorkshire.
Eric Ireland, who was 77, died after his car was struck by a train on a level crossing near Rillington.
British Transport Police say they are still investigating the circumstances of the collision.
The man who died after his car was hit by a train at a crossing in North Yorkshire has been named as Eric Ireland.
The 77-year-old was from Moorsholme in Scampston. Police say they are working to support his family.
British Transport Police are still investigating how the vehicle came to be on the tracks at the time.
A pensioner who died after the car he was in was hit by a train on a level crossing in North Yorkshire is expected to be named today. The crash happened at the Ivy Lea level crossing at Rillington near Malton yesterday morning.
Investigation work to establish how the car came to be on the crossing as the train approached will also continue.
A pensioner has died after his car was hit by a train at a rail crossing in North Yorkshire.
The tragedy at Rillington near Malton left wreckage strewn along the tracks and led to the closure of the Scarborough to York line for almost five hours.
Tonight, services have resumed as investigators try to work out how the crash happened. Jon Hill reports.
A pensioner has died after his car was struck by a train at a level crossing in North Yorkshire this morning.
The crash happened at Ivy Lea rail crossing in Scampston near Malton.
Jon Hill was at Scampston: