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A1 - Boroughbridge Fully Open After Chemical Spillage


7:46am 25th June 2013

The A1 is now fully open after a chemical spillage  closed the road in both directions yesterday afternoon between junctions 47 and 48, near Boroughbridge.

It followed a collision just after 4pm yesterday (Monday 24 June 2013), on the northbound carriageway, involving two heavy goods vehicles.

As a result of the collision one of the lorries developed a small leak and a chemical called Proxel leaked on to the carriageway. Police worked with colleagues from the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Fire to stem the leak and clear the carriageway.

The opposite carriageway was closed as a precaution while officers established the nature of the chemical.

Fire and Rescue officers stemmed the leak at around 6.15pm and work began to clear the road and recover the vehicles.

Around 300 litres of Proxel - a sodium hydroxide leaked from the vehicle, the remainder - around 500-700 litres was decanted into another vehicle.

Staged reopening of the lanes on both carriageways began at around 8pm..

Police and the fire and rescue service thanked members of the public for their patience during the incident.

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