M53 closed after lorry crash causes oil spill

The M53 is closed northbound between Junction 9 Ellesmere Port and Junction 8 due to a collision involving a lorry and a tipper truck.

As a result of the crash, one of the HGV’s has overturned and is leaking oil onto the carriageway.

The incident happened at around 10.27am.

Fire engines from Ellesmere Port, Chester, Powey Lane, Winsford and a rescue unit from Winsford are at the scene

A spokesperson for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Firefighters are currently attending a road traffic collision involving two heavy goods vehicles.

“One vehicle is on its side and fluid is leaking onto the carrigeway.

“Crews are working to release one person from one of the vehicles and manage a spillage of hydraulic fluid on the carrigeway.”

#M53[1] in #Cheshire[2] is closed northbound between J9 & J8 due to a collision involving 2 heavy goods vehicles (HGV’s), as a result one of the HGV’s have overturned and is leaking oil onto the carriageway.@NWmwaypolice[3] at scene.

More info to follow, thank you for your patience. pic.twitter.com/o6Qve5Anvw[4]

— National Highways: North-West (@HighwaysNWEST)

February 14, 2024[5]

North West Motorway Police and National Highways are at the scene.

National Highways confirmed the closure was an “ongoing incident” and that drivers should expect delays while a diversion route is being established.

We are in the process of closing the #M53 NB between J9 & J8 due to an RTC.For the diversion route please follow the HOLLOW SQUARE. pic.twitter.com/GxFrSiZlaA[6][7]

— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) February 14, 2024[8]

North West Motorway Police have advised drivers to follow the hollow square for the diversion route. 


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