Suspicious object shuts Britain’s M1 highway, vehicles stuck for hours

The M1 highway is shut near Milton Keynes, north of London.

world Updated: Sep 19, 2017 20:10 IST
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M1, one of Britain’s major highways, has seen a massive pile-up of vehicles since early Tuesday.(AFP file)

Dozens of cars have been stuck for hours on one of Britain’s main highways after it was closed due to a “suspicious object.”

Police say the M1 motorway is shut in both directions on a stretch near Milton Keynes, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of London.

Thames Valley Police say the object was found under a bridge at around 7.30 am Tuesday. The highway is closed in both directions for a stretch of about 10 miles (16 kilometers).

Photographs shared on social media show people playing frisbee and kicking a soccer ball on the empty road. Others show an army bomb-disposal unit arriving on the scene.

Highways England says it is “working as quickly and safely as we are able” to release vehicles from the closed-off area.

The incident on the M1 comes just three days after a fire broke out following an explosion in south west London’s Parsons Green tube station that left several passengers with burn injuries.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 20:09 IST