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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.

Woman dies in HGV collision on M62

A woman has died and a man is seriously injured after a lorry overturned on the M62. Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

An investigation is under way after a woman has died in a collision on the M62 involving an HGV and a car.

The incident happened on the westbound carriageway between junction 12 (Eccles interchange) and junction 11 (Birchwood) on in the early hours of Sunday morning, January 24.

A man who was in the car with the woman has been taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition. Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

The carriageway is expected to remain closed for several hours.

The westbound carriageway between J12 and J11 has been closed for most of the day. Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

We are currently carrying out our enquires to locate the family of those involved and establish exactly what happened for such a tragedy to occur. We are asking if anybody witnessed the collision itself or saw the Audi travelling along either the M602 or the M60 in the early hours of this morning to contact Police.

– PC Paul Joynson, Serious Collision Investigation Unit, GMP

21 year old man dies after m62 crash

Police are investigating after a man was killed when he drove off the M62 and into a parked car.

It happened near Irlam at just after 2am this morning (Saturday). The 21-year-old man was driving a blue Toyota Yaris on the M62 westbound carriageway before driving onto the grass embankment and crashing into a parked BMW and recovery truck on the hard shoulder.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say his family have been informed but he has not yet been formally identified. Officers are appealing for witnesses.

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