Officers dealing with the collision on the A14 in Northamptonshire this morning have thanked Tesco for donating a pallet of bottled water for motorists caught up in the road closure.
The westbound carriageway between junctions 1 and 2 was closed following a collision between a lorry and a car at about 8.15am.
Although diversions were put in place, many motorists were caught up in the resulting queues.
Concerned for the welfare of drivers and passengers, road policing officers approached staff the Tesco Grocery Distribution Centre at DIRFT, who kindly donated 2000 bottles water, which were then given out to grateful motorists.
The road was reopened shortly before 1pm after the vehicles were recovered and repairs made to the carriageway.
The collision happened between a lorry and a broken-down car.
PC Keith Millard is reminding motorists to get out of their vehicle if they break down on a busy road.
He said: “Although the circumstances of this collision are not yet fully clear, we would like to remind drivers who break down, especially on a fast or busy road, of the importance of getting out and moving away from their vehicle.
“Take care when getting out, move to the verge and stand as far away from the vehicle and traffic as you can and behind a safety barrier if at all possible.
“Fortunately, on this occasion, the drivers were not seriously injured, but we would always urge drivers to get out of their car whenever they break down, even when on the hard shoulder of a motorway.”
Police have also warned motorists who were seen using their mobile phones to take video and pictures of the crash will be sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution.