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Delays on M62 as police incident closes both carriageways

The road is closed in both directions between junction 18 and junction 19. Credit: Highways England

The M62 carriageway has been closed in both directions between junction 18 at Simister Island and junction 19 at Heywood due to a police incident.

Greater Manchester Police said the incident was "fast moving" and hoped the road will be reopened as soon as possible.

There were tailbacks to junction 14 on the eastbound carriageway and junction 20 on the westbound carriageway.

An alternative route has been posted on the Highways England website.

The road has now reopened.

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Police catch truck driver checking Facebook on the motorway

Police caught truck driver checking Facebook while driving on the motorway Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

A lorry driver was photographed appearing to check Facebook on the motorway.

The man was captured on a camera attached to an undercover police vehicle, which pulled alongside the HGV on the M62.

Officers said the driver seemed to be using the social network on his phone.

GMP Traffic shared an image of the motorist in the lorry’s cab, holding a phone, on Twitter.Police officers tweeted the picture on Sunday and added the message: “Friend request? HGV driver looks like he’s on Facebook whilst on the M62. Filmed with our covert HGV on #OpTramline.”

GMP Traffic confirmed that the driver was pulled over but it is not yet known if he was arrested.

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M62 westbound closed 'for hours' due to crash

The M62 has been closed westbound Credit: Steve Balfe/Twitter

The M62 has been closed westbound after a lorry crash.

The collision happened between J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor) next to Scammonden water at around 12.30pm.

A car transporter was one of the vehicles involved and all traffic heading towards Manchester has been held while the scene is assessed.

The air ambulance has been called to the carriageway and has landed.

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Watch: Commuters face tailbacks on the M62 after a lorry caught fire

Lorry caught fire on the M62 Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

Commuters are facing miles of tailbacks on the M62 between Rochdale and Leeds after a lorry caught fire.

All lanes were closed on the eastbound carriageway at rush hour on Tuesday morning while emergency crews tackled the blaze, near junction 26 at Chain Bar in West Yorkshire.

Queues stretched from Chain Bar over the Pennines, causing long delays for motorists travelling from Manchester towards Leeds.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed that officers were called to a lorry fire on the M62 eastbound, near Chain Bar, at 6.50am on Tuesday morning.

All lanes were closed due to smoke blowing across the carriageway and remained shut after 8am.

It’s believed the driver escaped before the flames took hold of the vehicle and he was not injured.

M62 West-bound now open after man falls from bridge

M62 West-bound now open Credit: Google Maps

Merseyside Police and Highways England have confirmed that the M62 west-bound has been re-opened following this morning's incident in which a man fell off a bridge between Junctions six and seven.

Motorists are advised to remain patient and drive carefully while queuing traffic starts to move.

Due to the large volume of traffic built up between junctions 7 and 8, congestion will still take some time to clear and motorists should still consider alternative routes during rush hour if necessary.

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