M1 crash in Sheffield: Drivers trapped in their cars for over SIX HOURS after serious collision
Motorists have been trapped in their vehicles in queues of traffic for over six hours after a serious M1 crash near Sheffield.
The rush hour crash, involving multiple vehicles was reported to South Yorkshire Police at around 6.35am today.
One casualty has been taken to hospital but no further details have yet been released.
The southbound stretch of the M1 is currently closed between Junction 33 for Sheffield and 31 for Aston, with no estimate given yet for when the road may re-open.
A diversion is in place, which gridlocked a number of surrounding roads and communities earlier as motorists tried to avoid the crash scene.
Congestion was reported in Aston, Treeton, Beighton, Woodhouse and the Sheffield Parkway.
Motorists caught up in tailbacks on the M1 this morning remain trapped.
An operation is under way to turn the vehicles round, but according to Highways England there is still an 800 metre queue.
Highways England said: “We are down to approximately 800 metres of vehicles still to be turned.
“We are still working with South Yorkshire Police at the scene to understand timescales until full re-opening.
“Once we have a clearer idea, we will update.”
The agency said: “We are picking cars out first to create room for the HGVs to turn around.
“Traffic officers also walking the queue to update those stuck on the actions being taken to get them moving and to check on drivers.
“There is still no confirmed re-opening time.”
More to follow.