M61 traffic updates: M61 is closed due to a “major crash” with traffic backed up in the northbound lanes.
The northbound dual carriageway on the M61 in Lancashire, leading to the M6 motorway, has been closed due to a serious accident.
The accident occurred between J9 for Clayton Brook and J30 where it meets the M6. Emergency services were dispatched to the incident. Due to the accident, the northbound dual carriageway has been closed, and traffic is being diverted via the M65. There have been no reports of injuries thus far.
“M61 northbound J9 (Brindle M65) to Blacow (EndOfM61 M6 Preston) is temporarily CLOSED due to a significant collision,” said National Highways North West on Twitter today.
“Please utilize the M65 as a diversion between J2 and J1.”
Monitoring service for traffic “M61 Northbound is closed, causing traffic congestion, owing to a significant collision between J9 M65 J2 (Clayton Brook) and M6 J30,” according to Inrix.
“The route was closed shortly after 09:20, forcing traffic to use J9.
“Traffic congestion is still present on the scene.
“The M6 J30 connects to the M61 halfway between J9 and J10.”
According to reports, the highway will be cleared soon.
“We are merely clearing the carriageway and handling a petrol spillage,” Lancashire Road Police said. “We should be looking at re-opening very soon.”
The M6 highway was in mayhem yesterday after a caravan was “engulfed” in flames, causing huge delays and forcing motorists to grind to a halt.
A flaming caravan was seen on the M6 between Wigan and Manchester by one vehicle.
“Just past this on the M6 southbound after Charnock services,” he tweeted with a photo of the caravan. It’s not pleasant to see a caravan on fire.”
“We just got through as the flames engulfed,” one witness to the incident wrote on Twitter.
“It all happened so quickly,” they added.
The M6 was also shut down in August following a catastrophic accident involving two lorries, a car, and a van.
The M6 in Cheshire is closed southbound between J20 Lymm Interchange, M56, and J19 Knutsford A556 due to “a four-vehicle collision involving two lorries, one car, and a van,” according to Highways England.
The collision damaged the central barrier and resulted in a “significant diesel leakage” that had to be cleaned up, according to Highways England.
To avoid the accident, motorists were forced to take a detour at J20.
Drivers experienced up to three-hour delays as a result of the accident.