A1M in West Yorkshire reopens after tanker crash but drivers warned of delays

A1M crash
The lorry crashed and spilt a hazardous load across both carriageways

The A1M in West Yorkshire has reopened after a tanker carrying hazardous material crashed into the central reservation.

The motorway was closed near Ferrybridge on Wednesday morning after the vehicle overturned, spilling its load across both sides of the road.

National Highways carried out an "extensive clean-up operation" to repair the road surface.

The tanker spilled its load over both carriageways.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: "A specialist team has worked to clean up the site, and an environmental specialist assessed the scene on Thursday 2 February.

"Two lanes of the northbound carriageway were reopened at around 7.30pm yesterday. Two lanes of the southbound carriageway were reopened following emergency barrier repairs and resurfacing work."

Lane three of both carriageways between junctions 41 and 42 as remains closed as work to complete emergency barrier repairs continues. Motorists are advised to plan ahead as as delays may build during the morning rush.

The driver, who was left trapped after the incident, was taken to hospital. A 200m cordon was put in place and motorists stuck in queues were told to keep windows closed as a precaution.

North Yorkshire Police has appealed for witnesses.

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