Barriers stop out of control HGV ploughing into oncoming traffic

This is the dramatic scene on the M180 where a HGV has smashed into the central reservation.

The barriers have thankfully stopped it from crossing into oncoming traffic.

The driver has been taken to hospital, and no one else has been injured.

The entire westbound motorway closed for several hours and Highways England now face a major operation to repair the barriers, which have been thrown across all three lanes.

The collision happened around 8am, and isn’t believed to involve any other vehicles.

The lorry has suffered damage to its front end, while the barriers have been crumpled and torn out in places. Large sections are lying across the carriageways.

The lorry appears to have collided with the central reservation at speed
The lorry appears to have collided with the central reservation at speed

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A recovery vehicle has now arrived at the scene.

Police warned motorists to avoid the area following the accident.

The stretch between junction 5 (Barnetby) and junction 4 (A15) was shut westbound this morning.

Hundreds of motorists were left stranded on the motorway, with people pictured leaving their vehicles and walking around.

Emergency services have now reopened one lane, which is allowing the large build-up of traffic to slowly release.

Highways England begin to clear the wreckage

Humberside Police[2] issued a statement saying: “Officers were called to a single vehicle road traffic collision on M180 near to Barnetby (westbound) at 7:30am this morning (Thursday 10 June) after receiving reports that a lorry had collided with a roadside barrier.

“The driver was taken to hospital to be treated, thankfully nobody else was injured as a result of the incident.

“The road was reopened shortly after 10:45am to allow traffic to move freely.”

East Midlands Ambulance Service stated: “We sent a LIVES First Responder and a crewed ambulance and transported one patient to Scunthorpe General Hospital.”

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Highways England predicts at least a 20 minute delay for traffic on the diversion route through Brigg.

The full closure is expected to remain in place until the clear up of the damage has been completed.

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