M1 southbound closed at Wakefield due to 'incident'

The M1 is shut near Wakefield
The M1 is shut near Wakefield

Miles of traffic is being reported with the M1 shut near Wakefield.

It is due to an incident on the southbound carriageway between J41 at Carr Gate and J40 near Ossett.

Congestion is backed up for several miles following the incident which happened at around noon.

Although it is not clear yet, reports suggest that emergency services appear to be attending to something in the embankment of the carriageway.