Police have tonight closed the M6 in both directions between junction 23 at Haydock and junction 26 at Orrell.
The motorway police tweeted this at 10.20pm: “The closures on the M6 J23/24/25/26 in both directions will remain in place for the time being.
“We are doing our very best to deal with the incident and resolve the matter as quickly as possible for all involved.”
Seconds earlier, Lancashire Road Police sent out this message: “M6 motorway closed between J26 at Orrell and J23 at Haydock due to an incident on the motorway. Sorry for the queues! Please avoid!”
But within 20 minutes, the force said the motorway had reopened. It is not yet certain what the incident is that caused the motorway to be close.