THOUSANDS of South Yorkshire motorists were delayed in rush hour chaos today after the M1 motorway was closed in both directions following a spillage of “yeast extract”.
An overturned tanker caused the problem on the southbound carriageway, between Thurcroft and Catcliffe - at Junctions 32 and 33.
Emergency services were called at 10pm last night and the motorway remained closed in both directions during a major clean-up operation.
It is understood the tanker was carrying 23 tonnes of the yeast extract.
The road was eventually re-opened at around 9.30am.
But diverted traffic resulted in a severe build up on the rest of the road network in surrounding areas, with long delays during the peak drive-to-work period.
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