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M62 closed after lorry crashes through central reservation

Motorists caught in massive tailbacks on the M62 are being told to remain in their vehicles.

The congestion was caused after a lorry hit the central reservation Great Manchester Police (GMP) say. the motorway is closed in both directions at Milnrow/Shaw.

GMP say: "The lorry went through the reservation, onto the opposite side, colliding with a number of vehicles.

The lorry driver has been airlifted to hospital and is in a critical condition. It is unknown at this stage if there are any other injuries."

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Osborne: Mayors needed for regional devolution

It is time for major cities in England to take control of their own affairs, the Chancellor will declare later today, but they will need to accept Mayors to do so.

George Osborne will explain that cities will be given power over local transport, housing, planning, policing and public health.

Manchester. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

Mr Osborne has previously said devolution must go hand-in-hand with the establishment of an elected mayor.

Today he is expected to reiterate that, saying people must have a "single pointy of accountability."

Manchester is the first city set to benefit from extra powers, with plans for an elected "metro mayor" for the whole of the Greater Manchester region.

Describing the new law as a "bold step", Mr Osborne will say he is open to approaches from other cities wishing to follow the same route.

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