South Yorkshire traffic chaos after yeast spillage on M1 motorway

Yeast spillage: This overturned tanker on the M1 motorway caused severe rush hour traffic delays in South Yorkshire.
Yeast spillage: This overturned tanker on the M1 motorway caused severe rush hour traffic delays in South Yorkshire.
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THOUSANDS of South Yorkshire motorists were delayed in rush hour chaos today after the M1 motorway was closed in both directions following a spillage of “yeast extract”.

An overturned tanker caused the problem on the southbound carriageway, between Thurcroft and Catcliffe - at Junctions 32 and 33.

Emergency services were called at 10pm last night and the motorway remained closed in both directions during a major clean-up operation.

It is understood the tanker was carrying 23 tonnes of the yeast extract.

The road was eventually re-opened at around 9.30am.

But diverted traffic resulted in a severe build up on the rest of the road network in surrounding areas, with long delays during the peak drive-to-work period.

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