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Update: Crash on M60 involving four vehicles

M60, Junction 11 Credit: Google Maps
  • Location : The M60 clockwise at junction J11
  • Reason : Road traffic collision
  • Status : Currently Active

  • Time To Clear : The event is expected to clear between 16:00 and 16:15

  • Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 17:00 and 17:15 on 4 November 2016

  • Delay : There are currently delays of 20 minutes against expected traffic

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TRAVEL: M60 blocked both ways due to police incident

Credit: ITV News Granada Reports
  • M60 blocked anticlockwise between junction 21 at Hollinwood and Junction 20 at Higher Blackley due to a police incident on a bridge over the carriageway.
  • M60 blocked clockwise between junction 19 at Heaton Park and junction 20 at Higher Blackley .
  • A664 Manchester New Road both ways closed due to police incident between Mossway and A6104 Victoria Avenue.

Traffic update

Reports of very slow traffic and one lane blocked due to accident, two cars involved on M60 anticlockwise between J14 M61 / A580 (East Lancs Road) and J13 A572 / A575 / B5211 (Worsley), congestion to J15 M61 (Swinton Interchange). In the roadworks area.

Bridge update: Video and pictures

More pictures of the bridge that has collapsed next to Barton Bridge on the M60 have been released.

The bridge consists of four huge pillars that were supporting a platform. It is believed the platform was being lowered this morning at 9.30am when it collapsed. No injuries were reported.

Bridge collapse Credit: MEN SYNDICATION
Before collapse Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

Update: Pictures show bridge before and after collapse

Astonishing before and after pictures show the scale of the collapsed bridge that was supposed to eventually carry a dual carriageway over the Manchester Ship canal.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang and said it felt as if there was an “earthquake” in the area.

It appears a concrete platform being constructed between four 31-metre (93ft) high pillars fell to the ground on Monday morning.

The structure is part of a new lifting bridge which will carry a new dual carriageway over the Manchester Ship Canal, joining the Trafford Centre on one side to Salford.

Picture shows bridge before collapse Credit: MEN SYNDICATION
Bridge after collapse Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

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Traffic update: M60 closed in both directions

Reports of M60 both ways closed, queueing traffic due to accident, three vehicles involved between J8 A6144 (Carrington) and J9 A5081 / B5158 (Trafford Park).

Affecting traffic travelling between Sale and Eccles.

No prosecutions for drivers who went wrong way down motorway slip road

Police say they will not prosecute the "dangerous and irresponsible" drivers of 74 vehicles who went the wrong way down a motorway slip road to avoid a traffic jam.

But they have logged the car registration numbers and each motorist will be warned about their actions.

The incident happened on the M60 motorway close to junctions 5 and 6 near Didsbury and Sale in Greater Manchester.

The carriageway was blocked when three people had been injured in a collision, with one of them trapped and needing to be freed by the fire Service.

The motorway was closed as emergency services rescued the victims but a police vehicle and an ambulance were unable to get to the scene because some motorists decided to turn the wrong way on to the slip road at junction 6.

Police say the drivers' actions were "dangerous and irresponsible" and all the registration plates if the cars involved have been recorded.

The drivers will be offered the opportunity to attend a driving awareness course or be summonsed to court.

“There is no good reason to drive the wrong way down a motorway, it is extremely dangerous and no excuse could ever justify these actions. The only time it would ever be ok to do so is if police have made the area safe and they instruct you to do it."

– PC Matt Picton, Greater Manchester Police
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