A DRIVER told police 'I'm drunk' while refusing a roadside breathalyser test following a serious multi-vehicle crash in the M61.

The motorway has been closed southbound between the A666 and Junction 2 at Kearsley following the incident which happened at around 8.50pm.

The driver of the vehicle who admitted to being drunk has been checked over by paramdics and taken to hospital for further checks, police said.

Greater Manchester Police, North West Motorway Police and traffic officers are currently on the scene.

Paramedics have been called in, police reported.

Delays are likely along the approaching stretches of motorway, Highways England said.

However police say they are hoping to get the road open shortly once a spillage has been cleared.

In a Tweet, NW Motorway Police said: "We have attended the scene of the RTC.

"The driver has been checked over by ambulance & taken to hospital for further checks.

"They have refused a breath test at the scene having told our officer "I'm Drunk".

"The c/way will be open shortly once the spillage is cleared."

In the meantine, Highways England is advising motorists to follow the hollow triangle diversion route displayed on road signs.

The Bolton News:

Drivers should leave the A66 on the Kearsley By-Pass at the A666/A6053 roundabout.

Take the third exit onto the A6053 northbound to the junction.

At the junction turn left onto the A5082 and follow for approximately 2 miles to the A6 junction.

Turn right onto the A6 and follow for approximately 1.5 miles.

At the A6/Watergate Lane Roundabout take the second exit leading to the M61, at the next roundabout take the third exit to re-join the M61 southbound.

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