M62 reopens after traffic chaos caused by motorway death

The motorway was closed for more than 15 hours in both directions between junction 11, for Birchwood, and junction 12, Eccles Interchange, as North West motorway police conducted its investigations.

At the conclusion of the investigation, however, the motorway was reopened this afternoon. 

Traffic was backed up all the way down the M6 and across to the M56, with the M62 being closed for the majority of the day. 

It has, this afternoon, however, reopened just in time to avoid rush hour congestion. 

Due to a police-led incident, the #M62[1] is closed in both directions between J11 (#Birchwood[2]) and J12 (#M60[3]). @NWmwaypolice[4] remain on scene.

There are delays of 15 minutes in the area. pic.twitter.com/WvXbhJNG4Q[5]

— National Highways: North-West (@HighwaysNWEST) September 19, 2023[6]

The fatal collision occurred around 12.15am this morning, Tuesday.

Police and emergency services were called to reports of a pedestrian hit by a car.

A man, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “At around 12.15am on Tuesday  September 19, officers were called to a road traffic collision involving a car and a pedestrian on the M62.

“Emergency services attended the scene, and sadly an adult male was pronounced dead at the scene.

“A 25-year-old man remained at the scene was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been taken to custody for further questioning.

“Enquiries are ongoing at this stage."


  1. ^ #M62 (twitter.com)
  2. ^ #Birchwood (twitter.com)
  3. ^ #M60 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ @NWmwaypolice (twitter.com)
  5. ^ pic.twitter.com/WvXbhJNG4Q (t.co)
  6. ^ September 19, 2023 (twitter.com)