M1 motorway in South Yorkshire may stay closed this evening

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision between two large goods vehicles (LGV) closed the northbound carriageway of the M1 motorway .

A white DAF LGV was travelling north on the M1 when witnesses report hearing a loud bang and seeing the DAF vehicle swerve before colliding with a yellow Mercedes ISU (Incident Support Unit) vehicle that was parked on the hard shoulder half a mile past J36 for Tankersley, Barnsley.

The collision with the ISU vehicle led to the DAF goods vehicle hitting the nearside crash barrier before travelling down the embankment and catching fire. This happened shortly after 10.10am today.

The driver of the DAF LGV, a 64-year-old Gainsborough man, managed to escape onto the motorway. He was taken to Barnsley District General Hospital suffering cuts and bruises to both arms.

A white Mercedes Actros LGV picked up debris from the collision causing a tyre to blowout but the driver managed to repair the tyre and continue with his journey.

Following the collision, the M1 northbound was closed between J36 and J37 for around two hours and one lane will remain closed into this evening pending recovery of the vehicles involved. Police may need to close more lanes of the northbound carriageway to facilitate recovery and will look to provide suitable warnings to the public if this is due to happen.

Anyone who witnessed the collision should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 2202020 quoting incident number 289 of Tuesday 12 July.