Collision has closed CME in Newcastle
21 Jan 2016 04:15 AM[View Full Size]
Update at 6.55am
Please note the Newcastle CME will now not be opened until after 9am today. Police advise drivers to avoid this area if possible.
Police are warning of a major road closure this morning after a HGV has collided spilling diesel affecting all four carriageways, in both directions of the Central Motorway East in Newcastle.
It happened at just after 2am on Thursday, January 21, and it is likely to take until after 9am for the road to be cleared, central reservation repairs tobe made, the road to be cleaned-up and open again to traffic, affecting rush hour.
The following diversions are in place:
Southbound traffic is diverted off the CME at Cowhill
Northbournd traffic will be diverted off the CME at Great North Road
The incident happened when the HGV, for reasons yet to be established, has gone over the central reservation and onto it's side. The driver has been taken to hospital as a precaution, he is not believed to be seriously injured.
Drivers are asked to find an alternative route if possible as severe delays are expected until the road is reopened.
Pictured: the HGV vehicle on it's side awaiting recovery.