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Marmite spill causes motorway havoc
30 Nov 2011
You either love it or you hate it - but for young drivers using a Yorkshire motorway, their feelings towards Marmite were anything but favourable.
On Monday night a tanker carrying more than 20 tonnes of yeast extract - believed to be Marmite - overturned on the section of the M1 in South Yorkshire.
Having been in a collision with a motorcaravan at around 10.15pm, the tanker's contents poured out onto the carriageway. The road remained closed in both directions between junction 32 and 33 near Sheffield, and left rush hour commuters stuck in a jam the following day.
The driver of the tanker was taken to hospital but their injuries are not thought to be serious.
A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said: "We were called at 10.15pm yesterday to reports of a tanker, which was carrying 23.5 tonnes of waste yeast, overturning.
"Some of the contents were spilled on the northbound carriageway and we are in the process of emptying the remaining contents of the tanker and clearing up the spillage before it can be moved and the road reopened."
This tale of spilt Marmite just goes to show how drivers need to expect the unexpected when out on the roads.
Accidents such as this serve to highlight the very real need to drive with care when out on a busy road, it is also a stark reminder as to why car insurance for young drivers is so important.
Copyright Press Association 2011