AN overturned lorry blocked traffic in both directions on Dearne Valley Parkway for more than seven hours on Thursday.

The lorry, operated by Roadway Container Logistics, overturned at the Jump roundabout at about 6.25am. Firefighters were called but driver, Bob Pierce, managed to get out of his cab before they arrived and was unhurt.

The Dearne Valley Parkway was closed in both directions and traffic was slow on the Wood Walk junction until about 2.30pm while the lorry was recovered.

It's not the first time a lorry has been overturned on the roundabout but Cllr Roy Miller said this was always due to driver error rather than the design of the bend.

"Sometimes the speed of some of the lorries and cars exceed what they should be. If they go around that corner too fast, they go over."