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- There was chaos on the roads this morning after a collision on the M62 eastbound between junctions 26 and 27 caused huge delays. Check here for live updates.
Video from the chaos:
Latest from the Highways Agency: "On the M62 westbound between junctions J30 and J27, there are currently delays of 30 mins due to heavy traffic . Normal traffic conditions expected from 12:45 pm"
Here's the latest update from reporter Claire Armstrong:
The M62 is now fully reopen after today’s accident and the Highways Agency has said traffic is getting back to normal.
The motorway was plunged into chaos this morning after a crash on the eastbound carriageway between junction 26 (Chain Bar) and junction 27 (Gildersome).
The eastbound carriageway was fully closed and there were also serious delays westbound and on local roads.
The accident, at 5.42am, involved two vans and a motorbike.
One person has been taken to hospital with injuries which have been described as serious but not life-threatening.
Latest picture from the scene by our photographers... traffic slowly starting to move again on the M62.
Due to severe traffic delays on the M62 motorway, we are running approx 30-45 minutes begins with BAF Game. Updates to follow. #BAFest— @OsgoodBAF 14 November 2012
@gregkirkdotcom wish I could,this is what it looks like now (didn't bother instagramming it) http://t.co/VaaPAKZR— @slim789789 14 November 2012
Matrix signs for M62, should have read 'Give Up', this morning!— @StonegateFdOps 14 November 2012
So all lanes are now re-opened, but it's going to take a while to get all that traffic moving again.
Latest info from our travel and transport section:
Severe delays due to earlier accident, two vans and a motorbike involved on M62 Eastbound from J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar) to J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome), congestion on M62 to J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield). All lanes have been re-opened. The road had been closed since around 05:45 and re-opened at 10:05, but severe delays on all routes towards Leeds from the west of the county remain. There are also severe Westbound delays.
More tweets... including pause for thought...
Avoid the #M62 as it's currently shut, eastbound between junctions 26 and 27...We are convinced that road is jinxed— @hirstycapital 14 November 2012
Spare a thought to the poor person(s) that's off to A+E instead of moaning that your late to work on the #M62 #Selfish— @HarrisonHoare 14 November 2012
What's going on, on the #m62???? Stand still— @_legs11 14 November 2012
The location of the accident that caused the jams:
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According to our latest information, travel time for journeys along the M62 is subject to 150 minute delays - that's a MASSIVE two-and-a-half hours, for anyone needing to contact work or family...
According to latest information received by our reporter Chris Tate, one lane of the eastbound carriageway has now been re-opened but obviously there's still massive congestion.
A selection of your tweets:
Sounds like the M62 is a nightmare. Sometimes not being able to drive is a blessing.— @mdjaggar 14 November 2012
Finally made it to work after getting stuck in traffic with the m62 being broken!!!— @Shezloveslife 14 November 2012
12 miles in 3 hours. Not the best start to the day #M62— @htafc_Elam 14 November 2012
Damn you M62 #nuffsaid— @nicolabardon 14 November 2012
M62 currently CLOSED East bound, Junctions 27 - 26 following Road Traffic Collision. Diversions in place. Take alternative route if possible— @WestYorksPolice 14 November 2012
Remember, it's little more than a week since our front-page splash headlined "Miles and miles of misery in M62 roadworks chaos costing millions".
We said: "The true scale of problems caused by major roadworks on the M62 can be revealed by the Telegraph & Argus today.
"Since work to construct a managed motorway began a little more than a year ago, highways officials have been forced to remove more than 1,500 broken-down vehicles and deal with more than 100 crashes in the short stretch between junction 25 at Brighouse and junction 27 at Gildersome – a section that includes the M606 turn-off at junction 26 Chain Bar.
"The £150 million Highways Agency scheme, due for completion before 2014, will involve opening up the hard shoulder as an extra running lane."
CCTV camera shot showing tailbacks on the affected area this morning:
First report at 7.20am today from our reporter Chris Tate:
There was chaos on the roads this morning after a collision on the M62 eastbound between junctions 26 and 27.
Eyewitness reports say at least two vehicles - a box van and flatbed truck - were in a collsion in the fast lane on the motorway. Emergency services had closed all three lanes eastbound and they are not expected to re-open until at least 10am.
Traffic was snarled up to the Chair Bar roundabout by 6.45am with further queues likely.
There were no immediate reports on casualities, but all three emergency services were at the scene of the incident.
Emergency services from Cleckheaton and Odsal could not reach the scene due to the road repair crash barriers between junctions 26 and 27, which meant vehicles could not move out of their way.
But firecrews and an ambulance from Morley reached the two vans by driving up the hard shoulder on the other side of the concrete barrier.