MOTORISTS faced delays on the M61 this morning after motorway was shut following a multi-vehicle crash.

All three lanes of the motorway were closed on the northbound carriageway between junction 8 at Chorley and junction 9 at Brindle.

Traffic was also held from junction 6 at Horwich.

The motorway has since reopened, Highways England confirmed

Earlier, emergency services and highways officers were deployed to the scene to "restore normal conditions as soon as possible".

Drivers faced disruption and delays to their journeys and were advised to seek alternative routes.