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Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo
Abigail Nicholson

Hazardous waste cleared after fatal crash as part of M62 reopens

Part of the M62 has reopened following two separate incidents involving lorry fires in the space of one night.

There has been travel chaos all day across Merseyside and Cheshire as two separate incidents closed sections of the eastbound carriageway towards Manchester. The first closure started last night, on Monday, January 30, after a HGV caught fire.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and closed both sides of the motorway while firefighters tackled the blaze. The fire has now been put out, however, as a clean up operation took place, J7 A57 Warrington Road (Rainhill Stoops) to J8 A5281 Burtonwood Road (Warrington West / Burtonwood) was closed.

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National Highways has since announced the road has reopened following resurfacing. A closure is also in place at J10 M6 J21A (Croft Interchange) after a serious crash involving two lorries at 4.37am on Tuesday, January 31.

One of the HGVS was on fire when emergency services arrived and officers confirmed that a driver died at the scene. The second driver is believed to be uninjured.

The section of motorway remains closed off while police carry out investigations. Highways are also having to resurface the road after hazardous material fell onto the carriageway during the crash.

A recent update from National Highways said: "After the collection of the hazardous material we will then begin the process of resurfacing the carriageway as a spillage has caused significant damage to the road surface. M62 J10 is expected to remain closed for the remainder of the day."


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