Collision involving tanker closes A1M at Ferrybridge in West Yorkshire

The tanker spilled a potentially hazardous substance.

The A1M in Yorkshire has been closed in both directions after a collision involving a tanker which has crossed the central reservation.

The accident happened on the southbound carriageway between junction 41 for Ferrybridge and junction 42 for South Milford at around 7.40am on Wednesday.

A 200m cordon was put in place as police dealt with the incident, but officers said there was no wider risk to the public.

North Yorkshire Police have asked motorists to stay in their vehicles and keep windows closed "due to potential hazardous material leaking from the vehicle."

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said the tanker driver was trapped and had to be freed and taken to hospital.

Traffic caught up within the northbound closure was being turned around.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "Anyone planning to travel along this section of the A1 is advised to avoid the area and find alternative routes."

Traffic was being diverted but there was congestion to junction 41 for the M62 interchange and on the A63 from Monk Fryston.

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