Woodhead Pass closed today

The scene facing the specialist rescue team Credit: Highways England

The A628 Woodhead Pass is closed today due to allow the recovery of a lorry following an accident on Thursday morning. The closure is between the A616 (Flouch roundabout, Penistone) and the A57 (Gun Inn Traffic Lights, Hollingworth).

The HGV came off the road on Thursday morning and is on an embankment that cannot take the weight of the crane needed to remove it. Specialist teams will instead split the HGV into three sections - the cab, trailer and container - and remove each separately.

The work started at 6am and could take until 3pm. Diversions are in place. Westbound traffic is being diverted via the M1 and the M62 Eastbound traffic is being sent via the A57 (Snake Pass). .