A42 Closure Southbound, Leicestershire. Wednesday 15 July 2015
The A42 in Leicestershire was closed southbound between the A453 (J14) and the A511 (J13) from early morning until early afternoon due to a incident involving 1 HGV and a car which also resulted in a fire. The carriageway remained closed for recovery and extensive clean-up work.
At 04:55 on the morning of 15th July 2015, our regional control centre in the East Midlands was alerted by Leicestershire Police to reports of a collision on the A42 between the A453 and A511. Our operators quickly found the incident on CCTV and dispatched our Traffic Officers to the scene. Upon arrival they reported that 1 HGV and 1 car had collided with the collision resulting in a severe fire. Crews from Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service also attended the scene.
The carriageway was originally closed southbound from J23A of the M1. At 06:32 the northbound carriageway had to be closed while the fire service applied foam to the HGV to suppress any possible hazardous fumes.
At 06:54 our CCTV showed traffic trapped within the closure southbound was being released past the scene in lane 2. Shortly after this, traffic trapped on the northbound carriageway was also released. At 07:37 the northbound carriageway was fully re-opened with all lanes running. The southbound carriageway remained closed whilst the fire service worked to make the scene safe so that the recovery and clean up operation could start.
A signed diversion route was implemented southbound directing motorists off the M1 at J23 via the A512 (westbound) continuing towards Ashby-de-la-zouch and re-join the A42 at J13.
To warn motorists, Our National Traffic Operations Centre activated the electronic motorway signage across a wide area including the M1, A50, A52 and M18 while our National Incident Liaison Officers tweeted real-time updates to our Twitter followers, published up-to-date information to our website and answered questions from the media. In addition our 24/7 Customer Contact Centre advisers were also available and on-hand to provide the very latest travel information over the telephone.
Once the fire service were happy the fire had been completely extinguished and any risk of hazardous fumes were clear a specialist recovery team arrived on scene to clear the vehicles. A specialistclean up team was also sent to the scene to assess any damage to the carriageway caused by the hazardous chemicals the HGV was carrying.
Working closely with the emergency services and our specialist contractors the clean up and recovery operation continued throughout the morning and in early afternoon. At 14:00 we had successfully completed the clear-up-work and recovered all of the vehicles making the carriageway safe to re-open again.
Highways England would like to thank motorists for their patience during this lengthy incident.
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