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Car fire and crash hit M62 during rush hour on Friday

A lorry and a car crashed in between junction 26 and 27, while a car caught fire on Rishworth Moor

A fire and a crash caused havoc for drivers during rush hour on the M62.

Queues of eastbound traffic stretched back miles following two accidents, which occurred at 6.21am and 8.42am.

WATCH as Eastbound carriageways shut after fireball engulfs lorry above

The drivers of the three vehicles involved all had lucky escapes.

The accident involved a Kia Venga and a lorry, and they collided at 6.21am between junction 26 at Chain Bar and 27 at Gildersome.

Two lanes were initially closed, but police later managed to get one of the lanes re-opened.

However, despite the re-opening of all lanes and the moving of the car to the hard shoulder for recovery, traffic tailbacks stretched back several miles continued to junction 24 at Ainley Top until after 8am.

The second incident came at 8.42am and again struck eastbound commuters once again when a car set on fire at 8.42am.

One lane was closed when the vehicle burst into flames. The driver managed to steer the car on to the hard shoulder .

The incident was between the slip road and the hard shoulder of junction 22 at Rishworth Moor and the motorist escaped unharmed.

The wrecked Kia Venga, which was involved in a collision with a HGV on the M62 between junction 26 Chain Bar and junction 27 Gildersome

A fire crew from Rastrick raced towards the scene but were called back before it got there due to being replaced by two crews from Rochdale and Heywood.

Some commuters used strong language on social media to express their frustration.

Others were more controlled.

Watch as M62 driver goes wrong way down slip road

John Martin, said: “Is there a worse stretch of motorway than J24-28 of the M62??”

“(The) M62 is an absolute joke!”, said Piqué.

Sunny Punia, who was caught up in traffic jams on the M62 on Monday and Tuesday this week, simply said, using an angry face emoticon: “Here we go again!”

Meanwhile, Laura Marshall, added: “The m62 is the bane of my life.”



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