M18 chaos as drivers trapped in traffic drive wrong way down the motorway - police statement in full

Images show drivers stuck in standstill traffic on the M18 near Doncaster
-Credit: (Image: Kim Usher)

Drivers travelling along the M18 near Doncaster are facing long delays this afternoon while police deal with reports of a concern for safety.

Traffic has been brought to a complete standstill in both directions of the motorway between J4 for the A630 at West Moor Link and J5 for the M180 at Doncaster North Services.

The closure is causing chaos on the motorway, with images from motorway cameras showing cars queueing from bumper to bumper - with some drivers even attempting to turn around and drive the wrong way in order to avoid the delays.

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A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Please be aware the M18 motorway is currently closed at junction five in both directions, following a concern for safety.

“There is significant traffic at a standstill and motorists are advised to avoid the area and plan alternative routes.”

A police spokesperson continued: “Reports have also been received of cars caught in the traffic attempting to avoid the queues by turning and driving the wrong way down the hard shoulder. Motorists should remain in place and leave the hard shoulder clear for emergency vehicles.”

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National Highways Yorkshire has said there is currently “no indication” when the road will reopen. Keep checking our live blog here for further updates.