Lucky escape for motorists


SEVERAL motorists were lucky to walk away unhurt after a lorry came through the central reservation of a motorway and hit a car.

The incident happened this morning (Wednesday) on the M58 between junctions four and five at Skelmersdale at around 7.55am.

A HGV was travelling eastbound towards Wigan when it crossed the central reservation, hit a Mini and came to rest on the entry sliproad to the westbound carriageway.

The incident caused lengthy tailbacks in the morning rush hour, with some drivers delayed by up to 30 minutes.

The outside lane of the eastbound carriageway and two lanes on the westbound side were shut while Highways Agency engineers cleared up spilt fuel and repaired a lamppost and barriers on the central reservation.

Both carriageways had reopened by 1.55pm but the eastbound slip road remained shut into the early evening as a broken sump on the HGV left the tarmac covered in oil, requiring resurfacing.

Westbound drivers had to head towards Wigan and turn around at the Orrell junction.