A1M motorway closed in Yorkshire as crews battle load of batteries on fire in HGV - traffic warning

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The A1M motorway has been closed near Wetherby after crews were called to battle a lorry fire caused by a load of batteries.

The A1M has been shut southbound between Junction 47 Harrogate/Knaresborough and Junction 46 Wetherby while firefighters battle the blaze, which is a load of batteries on fire.

A spokesman said: "The #A1M is now CLOSED between J47 #Harrogate #Knaresborough #A59 and J46 #Wetherby. Firefighters continue their efforts to extinguish to HGV fire. The vehicle was carrying batteries so this may take some time. Diversion via the #A168

"The A1M remains CLOSED J47 to J46 whilst our firefighting colleagues @NorthYorksFire @WYFRS continue to pull apart to load to get it fully extinguished.

"Diversion via #A168 from either J47 or J48."

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area due to the smash.

Fire crews battle a blaze in a lorry load of batteries. Photo: Highways England

Fire crews battle a blaze in a lorry load of batteries. Photo: Highways England