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.

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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