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
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.