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Traffic has been stopped in both directions of the M1 following the smash near junction 34 for Meadowhall and Sheffield north. Two cows have been captured on motorway cameras after they escaped from the vehicles involved in the shunt.
Highways England reported “traffic officers are currently dealing with a single-vehicle accident including two loose cows in the carriage way. All Traffic will be diverted off and can re join via the entry slip.”
Police are assisting with the operation, reports Yorkshire Live.
But traffic is congested for miles on both carriageways through South Yorkshire.
Southbound traffic is slow from junction 35A, which is for the High Green and Chapeltown areas of Sheffield.
Northbound traffic is back to junction 33, which is for Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
Drivers can leave at junction 33 and go through Rotherham on the A630 and then take the A629 north to rejoin the M1 at junction 35.
However, these local roads are congested too as a result of the collision.
As junction 35A is restricted, southbound drivers can leave at junction 36 and use the A6135 south through Chapeltown, and then use the A629 and A630 through Rotherham.
South Yorkshire Police updated: “The M1 is currently closed at Tinsley viaduct due to there being livestock on the carriageway.
“Please plan your route and avoid the area if you can.”
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