North Yorkshire chemical spill forces A1 closure

A1 in North Yorkshire Police said about 300 litres of chemicals leaked after the crash

A chemical spill caused by a crash between two lorries forced the closure of part of the A1 in North Yorkshire.

Two heavy goods vehicles were in a collision on the northbound carriageway at 16:00 BST on Monday.

The road was closed for more than four hours between junction 47 at Flaxby and junction 48 at Boroughbridge. It had reopened in both directions by 21:00.

People living within two miles (3.2km) of the spillage were advised to stay inside and close windows and doors.

A police spokeswoman said: "The leaked chemical is a sodium hydroxide called Proxel and around 300 litres leaked from the lorry."

The leak was stemmed by 18:15 and another 100-150 gallons (500-700 litres) of the chemical was transferred to another vehicle.

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