M1 motorway shut after car transporter sheds its load

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The M1 motorway has been partly closed after a car transporter lost its load of nine cars this morning.

The crash happened near junction 39 of the northbound carriageway near Wakefield at about 10.30am this morning.

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

The northbound carriageway between junctions 38 and 39 have been closed, and one lane southbound has closed.

No other vehicles were invovled in the crash and no-one was injured.

Chief Inpsector Paul Hepworth said the carriageway was not expected to reopen until after rush hour.

He said: “We would ask drivers to be patient when travelling near to junction 39 of the M1 following an accident in which a car transporter lost its load of nine cars earlier today. Lane three of the southbound carriageway remains closed while work is carried out to repair a barrier. The northbound carriageway is completely closed between junctions 38 and 39 - traffic is being diverted. There will be some delays. We are estimating that this carriageway will not reopen until into or after rush hour.”