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TRAVEL: M62 closed at Huyton

The M62 is closed westbound at J5 Huyton after an accident on the slip road. A 22-year-old man has serious head injuries. He has been taken to hospital where he is in a critical condition.

A full investigation into the incident is underway whilst police investigate, officers say the area will be closed throughout rush hour.

Thousands of chickens saved from the abattoir

Thousands of chickens have found a new homes at a farm in Salford having been spared the abattoir.

They were rescued after the truck taking them for slaughter crashed on the M62 at Barton Moss.

The lorry was carrying 6,800 live chickens and shed crates across the carriageway.

Delayed motorists faced miles of tailbacks while the vehicle and debris were cleared.

Workers at an animal rescue centre in Barton Moss helped around 3,000 chickens off the motorway and onto their farm - before calling on locals to re-home them.

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Lorry crash spills chickens across the carriageway

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Traffic is still queuing on the M62 Eastbound after a lorry carrying chickens crashed spilling the live birds across the carriageway. It happened at 4:15am this morning between J11 A574 (Birchwood) and J12 M60 / M602 (Eccles Interchange).

Emergency crews are working to clear the chickens and debris from the road. There are diversions in place, but drivers are facing long delays and have been advised to avoid the area.

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M62 Cheshire closed after lorry full of chickens crashes

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M62 Eastbound closed, queueing traffic due to chickens on road, recovery work and accident, a lorry involved between J11 A574 (Birchwood) and J12 M60 / M602 (Eccles Interchange), congestion on M62 to J9 A49 (Winwick).

The lorry went into the crash barrier and shed its load of 6000 live chickens around 04:15. The road is expected to remain closed for most of the morning as a barrier and a lamppost have been damaged in the accident.

Motorists faced long delays. Credit: ITV News

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Fallen lamp post causes gas leak in Rochdale - M62 still closed

Dozens of residents have been forced to leave their homes after a fallen lamp post damaged a gas mains in Rochdale.

16 properties in the Manchester Road area of Castleton had to be evacuated because of the leak.

The M62 motorway between junctions 19 and 20 is still closed as a precaution.

Greater Manchester Police say they hope to re-open the road around 11pm tonight. National Grid engineers are working at the scene.

A number of residents have had to be re-housed.

Homes evacuated after gas leak close to M62 in Rochdale

Over a dozen homes have been evacuated and part of the M62 motorway closed after reports of a gas leak in Rochdale.

Engineers from the National Gird are dealing with the leak at Manchester Road in Castleton.

The M62 has been closed between junctions 19 and 20 in both directions, which is affecting access to the A627M.

Manchester Road is also closed between Queensway and the Slattocks roundabout.

Around 16 properties have been evacuated by police as a precaution. No one has been injured.

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