Fatal South Yorkshire crash and spill on chaotic day

The M1 motorway was closed between junctions 32 and 33 following a chemical spillage. Traffic queues on Bawtry Road heading towards the motorway
The M1 motorway was closed between junctions 32 and 33 following a chemical spillage. Traffic queues on Bawtry Road heading towards the motorway
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A WASTE spillage cleared a busy motorway and a 27-year-old man died in a crash, during a chaotic day on South Yorkshire’s roads.

The young driver was killed on East Bawtry Road, in Whiston, Rotherham, when he lost control of his black Audi A4 and smashed into a tree.

His car hit the tree after leaving the road and mounting the central reservation while travelling towards the Worrygoose Roundabout.

East Bawtry Road was shut throughout the morning rush hour yesterday, reopening at 11.30am.

Meanwhile, a nearby stretch of the M1 was closed for more than three hours following a spillage of waste materials from a lorry heading north between junctions 32, at Thurcroft, and 33, at Catcliffe.

Four fire engines were called out at around 10.30am to clean up the waste, which was a sludge-like by-product consisting of oil, solvent, resin and water.

The lorry driver and two other people who stepped in the waste were washed down and taken to hospital as a precaution.

Motorists are being warned to take care as mist and fog is still expected to cause difficulties for drivers today.

Tony Conlan, a forecaster from Meteo Group, said the fog should lift this afternoon, but conditions will remain dull and cloudy.

Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday will feel colder, with temperatures reaching only around seven degrees Celsius.

“There will be quite a widespread frost on Friday night, it’ll be just below freezing,” Tony added.

Anyone with information about the fatal crash should call 101, quoting incident 104 of October 24.