Chaos on city road as lorry sheds glass

Glass from a recycling lorry onn Wodbourn Road, Sheffield. Picture: STUART WALLIS
Glass from a recycling lorry onn Wodbourn Road, Sheffield. Picture: STUART WALLIS
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A ROAD in Sheffield was closed for a major clean-up operation after a recycling lorry carrying a huge amount of glass shed its load.

The lorry was travelling along Woodbourn Road, Attercliffe, when the glass it was carrying fell off - smashing all over the road.

Glass was left strewn over a stretch of road measuring around 200 metres.

A road sweeper from Sheffield Council’s Street Force department was called out to clear the debris while motorists caught up in the drama to make U-turns and find alternative routes.

The road was closed for around two hours because of the amount of broken glass.

The road sweeper had to carry out a painstaking clean-up operation to try to remove all the shards of glass from the carriageway for safety, and to try to help motorists avoid punctures after the accident at 1.30pm on Tuesday.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police received reports that a lorry had shed its load on Woodbourn Road, Sheffield. The lorry was transporting a large amount of glass which had fallen into the road.

“Several roads were closed because of the incident.

“Workers were quickly at the scene trying to clear the roads and sweeping the broken glass.

“However due to the amount of glass, the roads were closed for a couple of hours.

“The roads affected were Woodbourn Road, Cricket Inn Road and Parkway Avenue, leading to Staniforth Road and Jessell Street.”

Fraser Road in Woodseats was also closed off by police on Tuesday night after a diesel spillage following a collision.