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Motorists asked to avoid M62 at Eccles after lorry overturned

Police in Greater Manchester are asking motorists to avoid the M62 Westbound around the Eccles interchange.

The carriageway is down to one lane as officers deal with an overturned lorry. They're carrying out recovery work, emergency repairs, and investigating the cause of the accident.

The driver of the lorry has been removed from the vehicle and taken to hospital.

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Driver filmed on motorway using steering wheel as a desk

This is the moment a driver was filmed apparently using her steering wheel as a desk, while driving down the motorway at 70mph.

The footage, taken on the M62, appears to show the woman in a red Audi, writing notes on an A4 paper pad while speaking to someone on hands-free.

She was filmed by the passenger of another car, close to Rochdale in Greater Manchester.

They then posted the footage on Twitter – stunned by what they’d seen.

It was mental. She was driving really close up behind us, so we moved over from the middle lane and she passed us.

We just wanted to make people aware.

– Eyewitness, speaking to MEN

Police officer helps deliver baby by side of motorway

A police officer on shift in Merseyside overnight helped deliver a baby by the side of a motorway.

His squad car was flagged down by the soon-to-be parents on the M62 near Rainhill Stoops.

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The newborn - a boy named Clarke, weighed 7lb 11oz.

Both mum and baby were said to be doing well as police escorted them to a nearby hospital.

Not your everyday kind of job, but congratulations to the proud parents

– NW Motorway Police


M62 Eastbound closed near Rochdale

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There are delays on the M62 Eastbound this morning after overrunning roadworks has kept the motorway closed.

It's affecting the stretch between Simister Island and Rochdale, with congestion stretching on the M61 to J2, and on M60 to J14.

Highways England say there are problems laying the tarmac.

Snow and ice causing Boxing Day travel disruption

CCTV image from Highways England showing delays due to bad weather on M62 Credit: Highways England

Snow and ice have caused travel disruption in parts of the region today.

New Hey Road (A640) has closed between Marsden Gate and the junction with Rochdale Road in Denshaw due to snow, with a number of vehicles reported to be stuck.

Highways England has said motorists can also expect delays of up to 90 mins on the M62 where weather conditions are continuing to be harsh.

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