Lorry driver dies in A1(M) crash - road still closed

The fatal accident near Darrington, which closed the A1 in both directions.
The fatal accident near Darrington, which closed the A1 in both directions.

A TRUCKER has died after a three way lorry smash on the A1(M) near Doncaster.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene during four hours of chaos on the road which has closed the route in both directions for most of today, creating rush hour tailbacks.

The A1 is still closed in both directions, with the road expected to re-open late this afternoon following a huge recovery operation and investigation.

Diversions have been put in place with drivers being forced to use the M62, M1 and M18 to avoid disruption.

Insp Dorian James of West Yorkshire Police said that officers had iniitially been called out to deal with reports of a lorry jack-knifing on the southbound carriageway at Darrington shortly before 4am.

The vehicle had collided with the central reservation, blocking lanes on both the southbound and northbound carriageways, with the driver suffering only minor injuries.

While emergency crews were dealing with that incident, at 4.45am reports came through of a second collision on the northbound carriageway about half a mile further south between Barnsdale Bar and Wentbridge involving three lorries and a car.

The driver of one of the HGVs suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Insp James said: “Three HGVs in a line shunted into each other and hit a car in front. We believe they were stationary or in slow moving traffic, potentially as a result of the other incident. The driver of the HGV at the back was seriously injured and was pronounced dead.”

There were more problems when fire crews were called to deal with a bush fire on the A1 southbound carriageway between junctions 34 and 35 at around 8.30am today.