A crash on the M180 near Scunthorpe this morning has resulted in travel delays around the wider region as drivers attempt to avoid the motorway.
The westbound carriageway of the M180 has been closed since around 8am after a lorry collided with the barrier in the central reservation between Junction 5 at Barnetby Top and Junction 4 at Scawby.
On Twitter, Humberside Police said: “Please avoid the M180 westbound between the Barnetby (J5) and the A15 (J4) exits. Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident.”
Traffic heading from the Grimsby area and other parts of northern Lincolnshire is now diverting onto other roads to get around the closure, causing heavy traffic on the A15 approaching the Humber Bridge.
Repair work is currently underway on the barrier with the M180 currently expected to reopen this afternoon.
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.
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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.
Humberside Police 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.