Highway collisions cause tailbacks for motorists

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COMMUTERS faced lengthy delays after a car was flipped onto its roof during a high-speed motorway collision in Wigan.

The driver escaped without serious injury but the accident at junction 24 near to Ashton closed two lanes of the M6 southbound from 7.40am on Friday morning.

The carriageways were re-opened by 11am. The driver of the overturned car was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Neil Ashton of the North West Motorway Police Group said: “The driver was lucky to come out unscathed, the two cars had collided and one ended up blocking one of the lanes.

“They were cleared and the two drivers were able to exchange details at the scene.

“The cause of the collision is not 100 per cent certain at this time.”

The incident was the second collision on the borough’s roads in consecutive days.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorist suffered serious injuries in a collision on Thursday, December 12 at 10.30am.

A 43-year-old man driving a Nissan Nivara 4x4 was involved in a head-on smash with a Volvo tipper truck on Newton Road, Lowton.

Following impact, the lorry crashed into a tree which then fell onto a parked Fiat Punto.

The driver of the Nissan was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be removed by firefighters. He was taken to Salford Royal Hospital with serious and life-changing injuries, police said.

No-one else involved in the accident suffered injury.

Part of the road was closed in the aftermath of the crash.

Greater Manchester Police traffic officers are asking witnesses to come forward and contact them on 0161 856 4742.