The counterclockwise carriageway has been closed between junction 17 for Bury and Prestwich, Greater Manchester, and junction 16 for Clifton, Greater Manchester. The crash, which occurred near the latter, involved a car and a truck. A total of six people were injured and one woman suffered what police described as serious injuries.
Witnesses reported the presence of 12 police cars and eight fire engines.
âThis could be the scariest car crash I have ever seen on the M60,â one man said on Twitter.
âThere are 12 police cars, 8 fire engines and a car crashed into the central reservation with no roof, no engine block, nothing! And another destroyed car on the emergency lane! Traffic is slowed down for miles !!
The queues have passed junction 18 – the M62 and M66 link – which is just east of Bury.
Photos published by Manchester Evening News show bumper traffic jams on the roadway.
A tweet from Highways England read: “Due to the severity of the collision, North West Motorway Police are investigating the scene. Our traffic officers are working as quickly as possible to reverse the circulation during closure. “
Counterclockwise drivers were diverted from the motorway at junction 17 and onto the A56 north towards Bury. Drivers then used local roads through Radcliffe and Kearsley.
Clockwise traffic was slow at night due to spectators.
The queues have reached junction 14, for Worsley and Swinton, Greater Manchester.
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘Around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday 19e December, officers were called to report a collision between a car and a truck near junction 16 of the M60 in a counterclockwise direction.
The officers attended with the ambulance and fire services and determined that one woman suffered serious injuries, five others sustained minor injuries.
“Members of the public are advised to avoid this section of the highway as there are significant delays due to the incident.”