M69 Closure Southbound between the M1 and J1, Leicestershire. Saturday 29th October 2016
The M69 was closed southbound between the M1 and J1 due to a traffic collision resulting in a heavy goods vehicle overturning.
At approximately 03:40 our colleagues at the Highways England East Midlands Regional Control Centre were made aware of a road traffic collision (RTC) on the M69.
It emerged that a 44 tonne heavy goods vehicle carrying orange juice had lost control and crossed over from the northbound carriageway onto the southbound, damaging 150 metres of central reservation barrier and overturning in the process.
Highways England Traffic Officers and Leicestershire Police arrived on scene and implemented a closure on both carriageways while the fire and ambulance service dealt with the incident. Thankfully there were no serious injuries.
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, the media, on our Twitter accounts, the Highways England websites and to customers calling our customer contact centre.
At approx. 05:15 the northbound carriageway was fully re-opened and a lane was opened past the incident on the southbound carriageway while awaiting the arrival of specialist equipment to recover the HGV.
Highways England and our contractors then immediately set about removing the debris and dismantling the central reservation, ready for repair work to begin.
At approx. 06:00 a mobile crane and several JCBs arrived and a full closure of the southbound carriageway was implemented between the M1 Junction 21 and the M69 Junction 1.
The complex recovery, clearance work and barrier repairs continued throughout the morning and the motorway was fully re-opened at 11:00.
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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