A two-vehicle crash closed the M61 slip road in Horwich and caused heavy delays in the area.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of the M61 and De Havilland Way just after 2pm.

The two vehicles crashed, with one reportedly hitting the barrier on the northbound exit slip road from the M61 and then setting alight.

A spokesperson from National Highways said: "This is a car that has been in collision with a barrier on the slip road and then set on fire. We closed the northbound exit slip and two of our patrols were there along with police and fire service."

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said:“Just after 2:10pm this afternoon (Tuesday 2 August) we received the first of several reports of a road traffic collision on De Havilland Way, involving two vehicles at a set of traffic lights.

“One fire engine from Horwich fire station was quickly mobilised to the scene, where the crew recovered a vehicle and worked alongside colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and North West Ambulance Service to make the area safe.

"A woman and a man were assessed at the scene by NWAS paramedics and conveyed to hospital.

“Firefighters were at the scene for around an hour.”

A spokesperson from Greater Manchester Police said: "We were called to a report of a road traffic collision on De Havilland Way, Bolton at around 2.15pm on Tuesday 2 August.

"The extent of the injuries are still unknown at this moment in time as the scene is ongoing with emergency services in attendance. Delays are also to be expected to those in the local area."

The spokesperson added: "One occupant's injuries were not said to be life threatening or life changing."

The spokesperson also confirmed that they had no further information on the nature of the other person's injuries.

National Highways’ traffic website reported at around 4:40pm that both lanes were still closed on the slip road, with normal traffic conditions expected to return between 7:45pm and 8pm.

For to-the-minute updates on this ongoing situation, check out our live blog: https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/20595335.live-de-havilland-way-crash-causes-delays/