The Independent

A busy Yorkshire road was closed by police for five hours on Saturday – after a lorry dropped its entire load of instant mashed potato.

Moisture caused the instant granules to soon swell up, turning the road into a mashed potato slide, with cars skidding across the surface.

Police described the road as being ‘like an ice rink’, and were forced to shut the A64 near Malton in both directions.

It took fire crews, police and the Highways Agency five hours to clear the mess using snow ploughs and high-pressure hoses.

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