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A WARDROBE which fell on to a motorway on Christmas Eve was among more than 4,000 incidents dealt with by traffic officers over the festive period.

Highways England responded to 4,281 reported issues from December 24 to January 1 - equivalent to about one every three minutes.

The incidents included a wardrobe falling from a car on to the M62 near Leeds, a large pothole caused by flooding on the same motorway near Rochdale, and a lorry fire on the M1 close to Milton Keynes.

Some 1,721 broken-down vehicles, 604 collisions, 55 flooding issues and 21 fires were responded to by Highways England, which runs England’s 4,300-mile motorway and major A-road network.

December 30 was the busiest day, with 591 incidents, while Christmas Day was the quietest at just 278.

Director of customer operations, Melanie Clarke, said: “Our traffic officers do a fantastic job of keeping the motorways moving 24 hours a day and Christmas was no exception.”

The officers work alongside the emergency services to manage incidents by reducing congestion, clearing debris and re-opening carriageways.

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