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Traffic has reopened following an accident on the M62.

Inrix, a travel partner, reports that four lorries and three cars are involved.

All traffic was temporarily held on M62 Eastbound between J29 and J30 after the incident at 2.33pm and delays were predicted until midnight.

West Yorkshire Police is urging people to avoid the area if possible due to the delays that are expected.

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What we know so far

Here’s all the details from today’s incident.

All lanes reopened on the M62

Queueing traffic due to earlier accident, four lorries and three cars involved on M62 Eastbound between J29 M1 (Lofthouse) and J30 A642 (Rothwell), congestion on M62 to J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome). All lanes have been re-opened.

Leeds gridlocked due to accident

Images from the clean up

Rubberneckers making traffic problems worste

M62 traffic is heavy westbound between J30 at Rothwell and J29 at Lofthouse due to people slowing to look at the accident

Filmed footage from the M62

Recovery starting

Recovery is ongoing and six out of the seven vehicles have now been recovered. There are reports of a milk spillage on the carriageway which requires clean up.

Diversion route

This is the route of the diversion to avoid the M62 which remains closed for accident investigation and recovery work, eastbound between J29 and J30.

M62 crash diversion route
M62 crash diversion route

Recovery underway

One person was trapped inside a vehicle involved in the crash on the M62.

That casualty has now been released.

We know that recovery of the vehicles is beginning but it may be several hours, some predicting 7.30pm, before all lanes re-open.

Scene of the crash

Latest photo shows the scene of the M62 crash

M62 scene of J29 J30 crash
M62 scene of J29 J30 crash

Tapped traffic being released

Highways England say:

“ The M62 J29 - J30 eastbound Leeds remains closed due to a collision.

Traffic that is currently “trapped” between J29 and the scene is being released via the outside lane.

Please be patient and follow instructions as emergency services are still working at the scene.”

What we know so far

  • M62 is closed between J29 M1 (Lofthouse) and J30 A642 (Rothwell)
  • Accident involving four lorries and three vehicles
  • Congestion on M62 to J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome).
  • Delays now expected until 6pm tonight
  • Heavy traffic trapped in between junctions
  • Drivers told to avoid M62 until lanes re-open.

Statement from Yorkshire Ambulance Service

A spokesperson for Yorkshire Ambulance Service said:

“We received a call at 14.19 to reports of a multi-vehicle road traffic collision.

We sent two rapid response vehicles and one ambulance to the scene.

Crews are still on the scene so at the moment so there are currently no further updates.”

Map showing delays

The red on the map shows the areas where the delays are most severe.

Map of M62 traffic hotspots
Map of M62 traffic hotspots

Fire service on the scene

The fire service are on the scene of the M62 crash.

Emergency services at the scene of M62 crash
Emergency services at the scene of M62 crash

Photo from scene

This image shows the scene of the accident involving lorries. You can see one, possibly from the middle lane, has collided with another in lane one.

Then there are other vehicles which have collided from behind.

The scene on the M62
The scene on the M62

Diversion already in place

A diversion away from the accident scene is via a hollow square and involves the the M1 to J44, A639, and A642 back to J30.

Four lorries and three cars involved

Inrix, our travel partner, is saying that there are four lorries and three cars involved in the accident between J29 M1 (Lofthouse) and J30 A642 (Rothwell).

They say there is a large amount of trapped traffic within the closure.

Emergency services on the scene

Highways England say:

“M62 J29 - J30 eastbound is closed due to a multiple vehicle collision.

“All emergency services are en-route to the scene.

“Please seek an alternative route and allow extra time for your journey this afternoon.”

Police urge people to avoid M62 eastbound

West Yorkshire Police are urging people to avoid this part of the M62

Delays until 5pm

Highways say delays are expected until 5pm

Incident on the M62

There’s stationary traffic due to all traffic being temporarily held and multi-vehicle accident on M62 Eastbound between J29 M1 (Lofthouse) and J30 A642 (Rothwell).