UPDATED: Huge delays on M61 after van flips over between Horwich and Westhoughton

UPDATED: Huge delays on M61 after van flips over between Horwich and Westhoughton

Traffic jam on the M61 after it was closed southbound between Horwich and Westhoughton

Traffic jam on the M61 after it was closed southbound between Horwich and Westhoughton

Traffic jam on the M61 after it was closed southbound between Horwich and Westhoughton

Traffic jam on the M61 after it was closed southbound between Horwich and Westhoughton

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A VAN has overturned on the M61 southbound between Horwich and Westhoughton.

The motorway was initially closed, but all lanes are now open, with queues going back to Rivington Services following the incident at about 1.30pm today.

A white Mercedes Sprinter van is currently on its back and blocking the carriageway as police and the Highways Agency work to clear debris from the road.

Four vehicles were involved in the accident, according to the Highways Agency, with delays of up to an hour expected for motorists in the area.

The man driving the van has been taken to hospital as a precaution, but his injuries are not thought to be serious.

Tailbacks are forming as cars are being directed off the motorway at junction 6 near the Macron Stadium.

The Highways Agency expects normal driving conditions to resume at about 4pm.

A police spokesman said: "The southbound carriageway is closed for the time being as the van has flipped over.

"It has not been possible to get any cars past it."

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9:37pm Thu 28 Aug 14

mr.mark.c says...

I would never had guessed at the van being white ;)
I would never had guessed at the van being white ;) mr.mark.c
  • Score: 8

11:05pm Thu 28 Aug 14

commonsense73 says...

The white vans are causing chaos might be the same one that drove off from cleggs lane
The white vans are causing chaos might be the same one that drove off from cleggs lane commonsense73
  • Score: 2

11:19pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Citizen Cane says...

commonsense73 wrote:
The white vans are causing chaos might be the same one that drove off from cleggs lane
...do you think that the "knock on the door", resulting in a distraction, caused the accident?
[quote][p][bold]commonsense73[/bold] wrote: The white vans are causing chaos might be the same one that drove off from cleggs lane[/p][/quote]...do you think that the "knock on the door", resulting in a distraction, caused the accident? Citizen Cane
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