FIVE people, including two children, were hospitalised and drivers suffered serious delays after a serious crash closed the M6 last night (Sunday).
The southbound carriageway of the motorway had to be closed for around two hours after a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and three cars collided between junction 24 at Ashton and junction 25 at Bryn shortly after 8.30pm.
The crash left the cars strewn across the motorway, while the HGV ruptured its fuel tank in the incident and spilt a large amount of diesel on the hard shoulder and into the gulley.
Motorists travelling south faced major disruption, with vehicles having to be diverted from the motorway at junction 26 at the Orrell interchange and only being able to re-join it at junction 23 at Newton-le-Willows.
Fire crews from Wigan and Newton-le-Willows attended the scene, helping the ambulance crews put two of the casualties on to long boards and making the vehicles safe.
Five people were taken to Wigan Infirmary, some suffering bleeding from the head and mouth and some complaining of back injuries.
The cause of the accident is still uncertain. The motorway re-opened at around 10.30pm