Leeds & West Yorkshire

Car transporter sheds load on M1 near Wakefield

Damaged car on embankment with car transporter on motorway above
Image caption The lane closures were delaying drivers by up to 40 minutes

Part of the M1 in West Yorkshire was closed for several hours after a car transporter overturned and shed its load.

The crash happened near junction 39 of the northbound carriageway near Wakefield at about 10:25 GMT.

One car landed on the opposite carriageway, while another went over a bridge and landed on an embankment next to the A636 below.

The carriageways between junctions 38 and 39 reopened at 17:50 GMT.

The driver of the transporter, which was carrying nine cars, suffered minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

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