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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