M18 closed near Doncaster after solar panel blown off building roof

A busy main road near Doncaster had to be closed after strong winds caused a solar panel to blow off a building roof.

Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 7:03 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th February 2020, 5:42 pm

The M18 was shut in both directions between Junction 3 and Junction 4 as South Yorkshire Police dealt with the incident close to Junction 4. The A630 West Moor Link was also closed between junction 4 and the roundabout at the junction with Yorkshire Way.

Police said heavy winds caused a solar panel to blow off a building roof. As they were unsure if the panel had fallen to the ground, or whether it was still hanging from a height and therefore at risk of blowing into passing traffic, the road was closed as a safety measure.

The police’s efforts to locate the panel were made more difficult by nightfall. In the meantime, up to three kilometres of traffic had built up in some areas.

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The road has now reopened.

The M18 was closed between junction 3 and 4 in both directions due to a solar panel blowing off a building roof.