Chaos on the M62 as strong winds blow lorry over and slide across three lanes

Video footage shows the moment the HGV blows over on the M62

Shocking footage has shown the moment a lorry was blown over by strong winds on a busy motorway.

The vehicle was driving on the M62 on Tuesday 11 April when strong winds caused it to fall over before hitting the ground and sliding across all three lanes.

The lorry, which was travelling in the left lane near Rochdale, tipped over and crashed, before hitting the central reservation at around 7.17 pm.

A spokesperson for National Highways said the vehicle was blown over in strong winds - as 40mph gusts hit the North West. One 'minor injury' was reported.

On Twitter, National Highways North West announced that two lanes were closed on the westbound carriageway between J22 and J21 after the collision with traffic officers called out to the scene.

In an update posted at around midnight on Wednesday 12 April, National Highways reported that all lanes had reopened.

There was chaos elsewhere on the M62 after two other lorries became involved in a major collision near J12 (M60/M602) and Birchwood, causing a huge diesel spill and the motorway to be completely closed overnight.

Those involved in the earlier crash sustained minor injuries in the incident, with one casualty rushed to hospital from the scene by paramedics.

There were delays of over 90 minutes after the crash as traffic police and paramedics worked at the scene.

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