A POTENTIALLY hazardous chemical leak has forced closures on the M56 today.
At 2pm on Tuesday, July 24 a tanker overturned on the westbound carriageway between Junction 14 at Hapsford and 15 near Stoak
Fire engines from Runcorn, Winsford, Ellesmere Port and Warrington all attended as well as the hazardous materials unit and the environmental protection unit.
The tanker had been carrying aluminium sulphate. Only a small amount leaked so there was no risk to the public.
Firefighters and paramedics helped free the driver who was trapped in the tanker before he was taken by air ambulance to hospital.
Specially trained staff are now working to identify and deal with a minor leak from the tanker.
The M56 westbound carriageway is closed between junction 12 at Runcorn and junction 14 at Hapsford.
The collision has also impacted traffic on the eastbound carriageway so motorists are being strongly advised to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.
The collision has also had an impact on the arterial routes around Chester and Ellesmere Port including A56 and A5117 and is likely to cause congestion as rush hour approaches.
Firefighters have now stopped the minor leak of corrosive material. They will now work alongside the tanker owners to over see its removal. The roads are expected to remain closed for at least the next couple of hours.
Any witnesses to the collision are advised to contact Cheshire police on 101.