There were severe delays on the M62 this morning after a lorry jackknifed and broke down.
The lorry jackknifed on the eastbound carriage near to junction 21 for Milnrow, Rochdale, and caused long queues for commuters heading across the Pennines.
There were delays of up to one and a half hours as three out of four lanes closed while officers dealt with the incident. This affected traffic travelling from Greater Manchester to West Yorkshire.
The lanes have since re-opened and traffic is freely moving again.
Motorway is clear - hurrah!
Everything is all clear on the M62 now. Here’s the scene where the lorry jackknifed earlier...
All earlier backlog of traffic has now cleared.
Meme of the month
We’ll just leave this here...
"No reported injuries", say police
This is the latest from police:
Road closures on the M62 are being lifted.
This morning, officers responded to reports of a collision at junction 21 of the M62 eastbound, around the Milnrow/Shaw area of Rochdale.
A lorry was in the middle lane of the motorway and road closures were put in place while it was removed from the carriageway.
There are no reported injuries but there are tailbacks up to junction 17 and there may still be some delays.
All lanes now open again
Inrix say all lanes have now been re-opened.
Delays may continue for the next hour due to length of the queues.
One hour and 20 minute delays
Travel time is now one hour and 20 minutes, our travel partners Inrix have advised.
The lorry is still being recovered, as you can see in the motorway camera stream below!
Delays as far back as junction 17
Queues look around ten miles. Make sure to take an alternative route if you’re heading across the Pennines this morning.
Recovery now at the scene
Looks like recovery are at the scene - no one has been injured, thankfully.
Police say they will be closing the road
Greater Manchester Police have issued a statement:
Officers are currently responding to reports of a collision at junction 21 of the M62 eastbound, around the Milnrow/Shaw area of Rochdale.
A lorry is in the middle lane of the motorway and road closures will be put in place to enable the vehicle to be removed from the carriageway.
There are no reported injuries and motorists are advised to avoid the area.
We will update you when more information is available.
Pictured: Jackknifed lorry on eastbound carriage
Here’s what’s causing the delays!
The scene at junction 21
Good morning - although not so good if you’re on the M62.
Here’s what it’s currently looking like at junction 21: