Motorway closed in both directions following crash between car and HGV

The M61

The M61

A motorway is closed in both directions following a crash between a car and an HGV. The M61 between junction three and two for Kearsley is closed due to the smash. According to National Highways there are around two and a half miles of congestion on approach causing 20 minutes of delays.

People are advised to allow extra journey time this morning. Initially, a spokesperson for National Highways said: “The M61 is closed southbound between J3 and J2 Kearsley due to a collision between a car and a HGV. “There are 2.5 miles of congestion on approach causing 20 minute delays above normal travel time.

Please allow extra journey time.”

However, less than five minutes later, the North West Motorway Police issued this statement: “Due to the number of emergency vehicles on scene – full closure now being put on prior to j3 M61 southbound.”