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.

A42 fire

A42 Snip

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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