M180 Closure Eastbound M18 J5 to J1, South Yorkshire. Thursday 20th October 2016

The M180 was closed east­bound between the M18 J5 and J1 due to a heavy goods vehi­cle fire.

At approx­i­mately 03:45 South York­shire Fire and Res­cue made our col­leagues at the High­ways Eng­land North East­ Regional Con­trol Cen­tre aware of a vehi­cle fire on the M180 and requested assis­tance to close the carriageway.

It emerged that a 44 tonne heavy goods vehi­cle car­ry­ing bot­tles of whisky had caught fire block­ing all lanes of the motorway.

High­ways Eng­land Traf­fic Offi­cers and South York­shire Police arrived on scene and imple­mented the clo­sure while the fire ser­vice dealt with the fire. Diver­sions were quickly put into place to route traf­fic around the clo­sure. High­ways Eng­land worked hard with our part­ners and the emer­gency ser­vices to help release those motorists caught inside the clo­sure of the motorway.

Through­out the dura­tion of the motor­way clo­sure, infor­ma­tion was pro­vided to our cus­tomers in real-time via our elec­tronic vari­able mes­sage signs (VMS) at the
road­side, via the media, on our twit­ter accounts, via the High­ways Eng­land web­sites and to cus­tomers call­ing our cus­tomer con­tact centre.

Due to the inten­sity of the fire it took sev­eral hours for the fire ser­vice to get the blaze under con­trol and it was finally extin­guished at approx. 07:10.



High­ways Eng­land and its con­trac­tors then imme­di­ately set about remov­ing the 26 tonnes of debris and dis­man­tling the trailer unit so that it could be safely recovered.

A lane past the scene was opened at approx. 08:55. The com­plex clear­ance work con­tin­ued through­out the day and the motor­way was fully re-opened at 18:08.

If you were affected by this clo­sure High­ways Eng­land would like to thank you for your patience and under­stand­ing through­out this event.

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