Cheshire motorists are advised that the M62 will be closed for the next five hours following a tragedy which saw a man fall to his death from a motorway bridge.
Traffic has been at a virtual standstill since around 10am today (Monday, February 15) after the fatal accident in which the man, who fell from a bridge on the junction of Hall Lane in Knowsley, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
All lanes between junctions 7, the St Helens linkway, and 6 at the Knowsley Expressway, are expected to remain closed until 5pm, or possibly longer, and traffic is being diverted onto the A557 southbound.
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Highways England said they expected traffic to be cleared by midday at first, but Merseyside Police have now said the road closure is expected to remain in place for up to five hours.
Motorists are advised to find an alternative route and to remain patient.
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “Motorists involved in the resulting traffic congestion are asked to be patient while this incident remains ongoing. Diversions are being put in place and drivers should listen for traffic and travel information in the media.
“Anyone intending to travel westbound along the M62 between Cheshire and Merseyside is advised to find an alternative route.”