The westbound carriageway of the M62 has been closed after a a four vehicle crash.

All lanes of the motorway between Outlane and Ainley Top were shut following an accident involving two vans and two cars.

One of the vans was left on its side.

Lanes two and three were close initially but at 14.50 the decision was taken to close all lanes on the westbound carriageway.

Highways England said: "Delays are currently building for traffic travelling towards Manchester and the west. Recovery is arranged.

"We will open all lanes as soon as possible."

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Safe travels, wherever you’re headed... the M62 traffic should have eased.

Here’s what caused today’s problems.

Traffic easing on M62 westbound

Traffic is easing according to our travel partners INRIX: the accident has been cleared.
The carriageway was blocked until around 15:10. Lanes two and three (of three) were closed until around 16:10.

All lanes reopened — but traffic still very slow.

The carriageway was blocked until around 3.10pm. Lanes two and three (of three) were closed until around 4:10pm.

Traffic is still very slow with tailbacks to junction 26 (Chain Bar).

Likely rubber necking causing delays in opposite direction

Queueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M62 Eastbound at J23 A640 New Hey Road (Huddersfield).
Likely due to people looking at the accident on the opposite carriageway.

Traffic map shows tailbacks reaching junction 27 (Morley)

M62 closed following four-vehicle crash. Tailbacks to junction 27
M62 closed following four-vehicle crash. Tailbacks to junction 27 (Image: Google Maps)

Two lanes closed past scene of the accident

Cameras now show that lanes two and three (of three) remain closed past the scene, according to Inrix.

Delays of 1hr 20mins

Our traffic partner INRIX is reporting delays of up to an hour and 20 minutes past the crash scene.

Not what you want on a Friday afternoon.

Motorway at a standstill

Westbound queues stretching back from Huddersfield to Hightown

Queues westbound are stretching back to Hightown, near the J26 sliproad
Queues westbound are stretching back to Hightown, near the J26 sliproad

The queue westbound is building fast - almost back to junction 26 at Cleckheaton.

Avoid the M62 if you want to get to Manchester anytime soon.

Highways England update - no fatalities

We’ve spoken to Highways England.

A spokeswoman told us:

  • The crash happened around 2.36pm
  • One person had minor injuries.

We’ll bring you more information from the agency as we get it.

Queues forming

Queues on M62 after crash near Huddersfield on August 3
Queues on M62 after crash near Huddersfield on August 3

Google Traffic is showing traffic building in both directions around the crash site.

We imagine it’s only going to get worse as rush hour begins...

Latest images

M62 closed after crash. Photo: Mark Hemingway
M62 closed after crash. Photo: Mark Hemingway
M62 closed after crash. Photo: Mark Hemingway
M62 closed after crash. Photo: Mark Hemingway

One lane now open

Lanes two and three are closed, but one lane has been reopened following the crash.

The crash has involved two cars and two vans, westbound between Ainley Top (J24) and Huddersfield (J23).