TRAFFIC came to a virtual standstill on the M62 for more than four hours yesterday – for cocoa!
An articulated lorry shed its load of eight tonnes of cocoa powder, bringing chaos for thousands of drivers.
Speeds on the westbound carriageway were down to about 5mph from lunchtime after the incident at junction 22 at Windy Hill, near the West Yorkshire border with Greater Manchester.
The traffic was stretched back for 12 miles before easing yesterday evening. It took motorway maintenance workers more than four hours to clear the three-lane motorway of debris.
Traffic queued back to junction 27 at Gildersome.
One lane was re-opened just before the evening rush hour, but speeds were stuck at 10mph due to the tailbacks.
The motorway disruption had an impact on many other roads, with sliproads and main roads leading to the M62 experiencing increased traffic.