Recap: Severe delays on M6 near Wigan after crane crash and oil spillage

A crane crashed into a bridge on the M6, causing lanes to be closed for more than eight hours. The collision happened on the southbound carriageway, near junction 22 (Newton-le-Willows) just before 6.30am. It caused congestion as far back as junction 26 (Orrell Interchange), with traffic also being affected in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lowton and Winwick.

The road was fully reopened at around 2.45pm A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: " A hire truck with a crane crashed between j23 and j22 southbound of the M6 around 6.25am today." Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service added: "MFRS were in attendance at this incident and GMFRS were also on scene, each Service had one fire engine in attendance.

"Crews were on scene at 6.51am. The incident was just before Junction 22 and involved an 80ft boom cherry picker which had collided with the overpass and fallen onto the hard shoulder. "A second vehicle had been in a minor collision with the cherry picker.

The occupant of the cherry picker was unharmed as were the two occupants of the second vehicle.

"Firefighters made the scene safe and handed over to the highways agency at around 7.20am."

Highways England confirmed that there was also an oil spillage in the road.

This is a live incident, we will bring you updates in the blog below.