‘Hundreds’ of drivers stuck for hours as M58 closed after ‘serious’ crash

‘Hundreds’ of drivers have been stuck in their cars for hours as a motorway remains closed following a crash involving three vehicles. Police were called to reports of the collision between junction 3 and 4 of the M58 near Skelmersdale at 12.57pm on Friday (May 17).

The motorway has been closed westbound between the M6 Orrell interchange near Wigan at junction 26 and junction 3 of the M58 for St Helens. Shortly before 5pm, Lancashire Police confirmed that the closure is expected to remain in place for ‘some hours’.

Drivers caught up in the motorway closure have been waiting in their cars for several hours now. Carole Clarke, who was driving home to Kirkby from Accrington, told the Manchester Evening News that traffic on the M58 ‘came taho a halt’ just after she came off the M6.

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She said. “It’s really hot. It’s 22C on here and it’s hotter in your car.”

Speaking to the M.E.N. shortly before 4pm, she said: “It’s just starting to crawl now. I was trying to get to junction two. I don’t care as long as I get out of here.”

Carole later said that traffic was being filtered off the M58 at junction 4. She said the incident took place by the slip road at junction 3.

Other drivers who have been affected by the crash have taken to social media to share their accounts of what has happened. In a post on X, Dan Tay wrote: “Stuck on #m58 very warm very bored but hope whatever happened everyone involved is ok.”

In another post, Tim Heap wrote: “Sat on the M58. It’s closed because of a proper crash and I am bursting.”

According to the latest update on the National Highways website, traffic conditions at the M6 Orrell interchange are not expected to return to normal until around 9pm. A map on the website reveals that there is also heavy traffic queuing on the M6 northbound.

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “We were called at 12:57pm today to a report of a collision between three vehicles between junction 3 and junction 4 on the M58.

“We are in attendance, alongside partner agencies, and at this time, the motorway is closed between Junction 26 of the M6 and Junction 3 of the M58.

“We’d ask you to avoid the area, and we will bring you an update when we are able to.”

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