Shampoo spill from crashed delivery lorry

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A ROAD in South Yorkshire was blocked for almost 12 hours after a lorry overturned and shed its load of shampoo on the highway.

The HGV flipped onto its side on the A616 Flouch roundabout, near Langsett Reservoir outside Sheffield, spilling 20 tonnes of soap and bottles of shampoo onto the road.

Police put up warnings around the stricken lorry and diverted traffic away from the scene, while highways workers laid down sand and rinsed away the slippery leaked toiletries.

The driver of the truck escaped uninjured, and another lorry was sent to collect the remaining cargo that was still intact.

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said: “A significant amount of soap and shampoo spilled from the side of the lorry.

“It was all in liquid form on the road, and would have turned into foam had it come into contact with water.”

Motorists experienced delays in the area following the accident, which happened at around 10.30pm on Tuesday night. The road reopened at 9am yesterday after the HGV was towed away and the debris fully cleared.