M18 remains closed after man dies in lorry fire

The M18 was closed in both directions after the incident. Credit: David Breed/Facebook

The M18 near Wadworth in Doncaster remains closed more than 12 hours after a man died as the lorry he was driving crashed into the central reservation and caught fire.

South Yorkshire Police were called to the accident between junction two with the A1 and junction three of the motorway shortly after 5.10pm yesterday, Monday 15 August.

The lorry caught fire and the driver, a man believed to be aged in his 60s, died at the scene.

His family have been informed and are being supported by roads policing officers.

Police enquiries were still ongoing on Tuesday morning.

A National Highways spokesperson said: "Police investigations continued overnight and following vehicle recovery and debris clearance, National Highways is advising motorists to expect some delays during this morning’s peak.

"Emergency resurfacing work is taking place on the fire-damaged southbound carriageway and lane two northbound remains closed for ongoing barrier repairs.

"Lane one is now open northbound but drivers will experience some delays with a southbound diversion in place via the slip roads."

Repair work is not expected to be complete until at least midday.

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