POLICE have shut a busy main road after an accident.

Smithills Dean Road has been closed for about 30 minutes.

According to local traffic information there had been an accident on the road.

Neighbourhood police are urging motorists to avoid the area.

A spokesman said: "Smithills Dean Road is currently closed due to a police incident. Please use alternative routes."

Residents have reported a high police presence in the area, but the details of the accident are not clear at this stage.

Police told The Bolton News they were called just after 6pm to a road traffic collision.

More than one vehicle was caught up in the collision and a number of road closures are in place.

They include Smithills Dean Road with the junction of Smithills Croft Road, Moss Bank Way and Brookdean Close.

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