This is the moment a lorry had to be LIFTED off the grass verge of a motorway in Leeds

This dramatic image shows the moment a lorry was lifted off a grass verge of a motorway in Leeds.

The lorry is lifted from the embankment. PIC: Highways England
The lorry is lifted from the embankment. PIC: Highways England

The northbound exit ramp of the A1(M) at Bramham crossroads is currently closed after the lorry left the carriageway and lodged itself on the grass verge.

The closure was originally thought to be in place for two hours, but Highways England are now advising drivers that the 'complex' recovery could take longer than first thought.

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The lorry is lifted from the embankment. PIC: Highways England

They said: "UPDATE #A1M at #BramhamCrossroads J44 northbound exit.

"The process of moving the lorry begun at 10am and is proving to be a complex recovery.

"Therefore the closure will remain in place longer than anticipated."

The lorry before the recovery began. PIC: West Yorkshire Police RPU