EMERGENCY services have been scrambled to a busy section of the M62 this morning after reports of a multi-vehicle crash.

Two lanes of the motorway have been closed due to the crash, which occurred at around 7.30am on the westbound carriageway between Junction 29 for Lofthouse - where the M62 and the M1 convene - and Junction 28 for Tingley.

Traffic officers from Highways England and officers from the Roads Policing Unit are on the scene now, and have warned of long delays to be expected.

Highways England said that two of four lanes are closed at present, and congestion is building on the approach to the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if they can.

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Many drivers have already been caught up in congestion, with queuing traffic stretching back more than seven miles to Junction 31 for Normanton.

The incident is not expected to be cleared until at least 8.30am, with traffic conditions taking some time to return to normal afterwards.


Highways England has said that two lanes are now open at the scene but it will be some time before all lanes can reopen due to an oil spill.

A maintenance crew is on its way to the scene to treat the area and make it safe for all four lanes to be reopened.

The stretch of motorway isn't expected to be reopened until after 10am.


Latest update: 9.40am

All lanes of the M62 are now back open after the oil spill was treated and a crashed vehicle stuck in lane four was recovered.

Highways England has thanked drivers for their patience while they recovered vehicles and cleared up the carriageway.

Traffic is now beginning to clear but it may take some time for driving conditions to return to normal as queues had built up beyond Castleford.