UPDATED WITH PICS: Crash closes both carriageways of the M62 at Birchwood

UPDATED WITH PICS: Crash closes both carriageways of the M62 at Birchwood

Picture, Guardian photographer Mike Boden

Picture taken by Mike Boden

Motorists on the hard shoulder

Paramedics at the scene

NW Motorway Police tweeted this picture

Traffic cameras spotted large queues

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MOTORISTS survived major injury despite a massive crash which shut the M62 at rush hour on Tuesday.

The road was closed in both directions near Birchwood following the smash around 6pm to allow an air ambulance to land.

Commuters left their cars and stood on the carriageway in hot temperatures. 

But miraculously, police say none of those involved suffered serious injuries in the collision between two lorries and a a car.

One of the lorries had gone through the central reservation.

It happened eastbound between junction 10 for the M6 at Croft and junction 11 at Birchwood around 6pm.

Many people were left in queues for more than two hours.

 


 


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Fire crews were called to the incident, cutting a man out of the cab of a HGV before he was taken to the air ambulance.

 

Warrington Guardian:

Guardian photographer Mike Boden took these pictures at the scene


 

 

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8:20pm Tue 22 Jul 14

whatever13 says...

I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them!
I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them! whatever13
  • Score: 41

9:37pm Tue 22 Jul 14

LymmVillager says...

Hope no one is seriously injured. Looks a shocking crash and is never nice to see.
Hope no one is seriously injured. Looks a shocking crash and is never nice to see. LymmVillager
  • Score: 7

11:38pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sonny178 says...

whatever13 wrote:
I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them!
How boring are you!!!
[quote][p][bold]whatever13[/bold] wrote: I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them![/p][/quote]How boring are you!!! sonny178
  • Score: -25

11:58pm Tue 22 Jul 14

fedster says...

sonny178 wrote:
whatever13 wrote:
I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them!
How boring are you!!!
no where near as sad as those that parked there
i wonder if your response would be the same if you would have been delayed coming home from work
[quote][p][bold]sonny178[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whatever13[/bold] wrote: I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them![/p][/quote]How boring are you!!![/p][/quote]no where near as sad as those that parked there i wonder if your response would be the same if you would have been delayed coming home from work fedster
  • Score: 21

6:55am Wed 23 Jul 14

sonny178 says...

fedster wrote:
sonny178 wrote:
whatever13 wrote:
I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them!
How boring are you!!!
no where near as sad as those that parked there
i wonder if your response would be the same if you would have been delayed coming home from work
You wasted police time and got excited over flashing blue lights for parked cars, when there is already a major incident ongoing.
[quote][p][bold]fedster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sonny178[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whatever13[/bold] wrote: I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them![/p][/quote]How boring are you!!![/p][/quote]no where near as sad as those that parked there i wonder if your response would be the same if you would have been delayed coming home from work[/p][/quote]You wasted police time and got excited over flashing blue lights for parked cars, when there is already a major incident ongoing. sonny178
  • Score: -18

9:14am Wed 23 Jul 14

HappyMisery says...

whatever13 wrote:
I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them!
I saw the people on the bridge and you've neglected to mention that it was mostly parents with young kids, looking at the air ambulance as many kids wont get much opportunity to see a helicopter.
[quote][p][bold]whatever13[/bold] wrote: I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them![/p][/quote]I saw the people on the bridge and you've neglected to mention that it was mostly parents with young kids, looking at the air ambulance as many kids wont get much opportunity to see a helicopter. HappyMisery
  • Score: -19

10:21am Wed 23 Jul 14

grey_man says...

HappyMisery wrote:
whatever13 wrote:
I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them!
I saw the people on the bridge and you've neglected to mention that it was mostly parents with young kids, looking at the air ambulance as many kids wont get much opportunity to see a helicopter.
Taking the kids to see a car crash? With all that might entail?

Jesus wept.
[quote][p][bold]HappyMisery[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whatever13[/bold] wrote: I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them![/p][/quote]I saw the people on the bridge and you've neglected to mention that it was mostly parents with young kids, looking at the air ambulance as many kids wont get much opportunity to see a helicopter.[/p][/quote]Taking the kids to see a car crash? With all that might entail? Jesus wept. grey_man
  • Score: 21

11:41am Wed 23 Jul 14

AppleJunkie says...

HappyMisery wrote:
whatever13 wrote:
I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them!
I saw the people on the bridge and you've neglected to mention that it was mostly parents with young kids, looking at the air ambulance as many kids wont get much opportunity to see a helicopter.
This is the most stupid comment if there ever was one!! Do kids not have the ability to look up?? They pass over on a daily basis.
[quote][p][bold]HappyMisery[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whatever13[/bold] wrote: I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them![/p][/quote]I saw the people on the bridge and you've neglected to mention that it was mostly parents with young kids, looking at the air ambulance as many kids wont get much opportunity to see a helicopter.[/p][/quote]This is the most stupid comment if there ever was one!! Do kids not have the ability to look up?? They pass over on a daily basis. AppleJunkie
  • Score: 16

12:42pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Penketh Pony says...

HappyMisery wrote:
whatever13 wrote:
I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them!
I saw the people on the bridge and you've neglected to mention that it was mostly parents with young kids, looking at the air ambulance as many kids wont get much opportunity to see a helicopter.
'Come on kids, we're going to see a helicopter that has landed on the M62 because of a huge crash that potentially includes a fatality!'

I'll grab the sun cream.
[quote][p][bold]HappyMisery[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whatever13[/bold] wrote: I picked up father in law at 18:10 to attend appointment When passed over M62 bridge on Warrington Rd nr Noggin a large number of people were gathered looking at the scene of this accident. Parking their cars on both sides of the bridge, causing havoc for other traffic users using that stretch of road. After returing home after dropping in-laws off came down Warrington Rd going to turn into Cross Lane to head home. More cars than ever parked on top of the bridge and more so called " sightseerers" . I opened my window and called to them " while they are looking at an accident, your thoughfulness might well create one" I was given abuse by some and the usual finger salutes. In the middle of the road nr this bridge are white harzard lines, which I believe means no parking, maybe I might be wrong. Anyway I went to Risley police station saw no signs of activity so caller Warrington Police explaining to them the situation and the hazards to other motorists using that road. Went to B/wood to get petrol and on way home a police car was in front of me. Obviouisly was responding to my call and pulled up with blue light flashing. I hope he booked all those drivers whose only concern was to watch the grusome scence below them![/p][/quote]I saw the people on the bridge and you've neglected to mention that it was mostly parents with young kids, looking at the air ambulance as many kids wont get much opportunity to see a helicopter.[/p][/quote]'Come on kids, we're going to see a helicopter that has landed on the M62 because of a huge crash that potentially includes a fatality!' I'll grab the sun cream. Penketh Pony
  • Score: 16

8:22pm Wed 23 Jul 14

local man says...

The solid white line means don't cross it, if the parking still allowed vehicles to pass them while staying in their own lane I don't see a problem. Not how I want to spend my evening, but each to their own.
Slowing down to get into a discussion about the parking - and poor knowledge of highway code road markings - could also be considered dangerous by some.
And no, I wasn't one of the rubberneckers.
The solid white line means don't cross it, if the parking still allowed vehicles to pass them while staying in their own lane I don't see a problem. Not how I want to spend my evening, but each to their own. Slowing down to get into a discussion about the parking - and poor knowledge of highway code road markings - could also be considered dangerous by some. And no, I wasn't one of the rubberneckers. local man
  • Score: 0

3:24pm Thu 24 Jul 14

whatever13 says...

local man wrote:
The solid white line means don't cross it, if the parking still allowed vehicles to pass them while staying in their own lane I don't see a problem. Not how I want to spend my evening, but each to their own.
Slowing down to get into a discussion about the parking - and poor knowledge of highway code road markings - could also be considered dangerous by some.
And no, I wasn't one of the rubberneckers.
I saw a problem and a dangerous one which required attention. A few yards from the motorway bridge is Cross Lane junction which has been the scene of many rta's including fatalities. The scene that evening was created by idiots whoeonly thought was for themselves.
Cars were parked both sides of the road, oncoming traffic had to stop to give way. Cross Lane crossroads was a nightmare to cross owing to poor vision and build up of traffic.

I had no choice to slow down or i would have crashed into lorry in front of me. As for road markings I accept I got that wrong My actions tho' I would ot hesitate to do again
[quote][p][bold]local man[/bold] wrote: The solid white line means don't cross it, if the parking still allowed vehicles to pass them while staying in their own lane I don't see a problem. Not how I want to spend my evening, but each to their own. Slowing down to get into a discussion about the parking - and poor knowledge of highway code road markings - could also be considered dangerous by some. And no, I wasn't one of the rubberneckers.[/p][/quote]I saw a problem and a dangerous one which required attention. A few yards from the motorway bridge is Cross Lane junction which has been the scene of many rta's including fatalities. The scene that evening was created by idiots whoeonly thought was for themselves. Cars were parked both sides of the road, oncoming traffic had to stop to give way. Cross Lane crossroads was a nightmare to cross owing to poor vision and build up of traffic. I had no choice to slow down or i would have crashed into lorry in front of me. As for road markings I accept I got that wrong My actions tho' I would ot hesitate to do again whatever13
  • Score: 8

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