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Driver remains critical after M62 collision

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision involving two HGV lorries on the M62.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision involving two HGV lorries on the M62.

The motorway was closed between 23 Outlane and J22 Saddleworth yesterday following the crash in which one of the drivers suffered serious head injuries.

Police believe that one of the HGV cabs collided with the rear of the second one, causing both to cross the central reservation and enter the eastbound carriageway.

The 48-year-old driver of the lead HGV cab suffered serious head injuries and was airlifted to the Leeds General Infirmary where he is in a critical but stable condition.

Meanwhile, the other driver involved received treatment for minor injuries at Oldham Royal Infirmary.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

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Multi-vehicle accident slows traffic on M62

Two lanes are closed and there is queueing traffic due to multi-vehicle accident on M62 Westbound between J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar) and J25 A644 (Brighouse).

Lanes one and two (of four) are closed heading away from Leeds towards Huddersfield.

Clegg announces £15bn roads upgrade

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, will today launch the biggest upgrade to Britain’s roads in a generation.

The Government is to turn the M62 between Leeds and Manchester into an 8-lane Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Among the schemes which the Sheffield Hallam MP has announced is the upgrading of the M62 between Leeds and Manchester into an eight-lane " smart motorway" and improving the trans-Pennine Woodhead Pass by the introduction of two eastbound crawler lanes.

“For too long, our road network has been a source of frustration, not growth. There are whole regions of our country that are unable to reach their full potential, let alone get to work on time, because the essential routes that link them to the rest of the country are way past their sell-by date.

“I’ve been pushing hard to get key roadblocks removed, such as the Woodhead Pass between Sheffield and Manchester.

“In desperate need of modernisation, these roads are forever clogged up with traffic, often closed in bad weather, and just not built to deal with modern demands.

“To build a stronger, fitter economy in Britain, where every region can thrive, we need to change that – giving our regions’ most strategic roads the serious investment and attention they deserve.

“Past governments have done it for the South East. I want to do it for the rest of the country.”

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister
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