Updated: Sunday, 5th April 2020 @ 10:41am

Body found in middle of M61 near Bolton – severe traffic disruption as motorway closed

Body found in middle of M61 near Bolton – severe traffic disruption as motorway closed

By Dean Wilkins

A body found on the M61 motorway near Bolton is being investigated by police and motorists are warned of severe traffic disruption.

Officers were called to a section of the M61 at Kearsley at 2am today after drivers witnessed a corpse lying in the middle of a carriageway.

The person is thought to have fallen from a motorway bridge and was struck by a lorry but officers are not treating the incident as suspicious.

@ingolwhite Tweeted: “Somebody's jumped off the M61 near manc it's now closed from the reebok. Delivery driver at work said he saw his leg in the fast lane.”

A full closure of the M61 southbound at junction four has been put in place and full road closures are also in place on both sides of Cleggs Lane Bridge in Bolton.

Emma Frain Tweeted: “We saw a man stood on the M61 (nearly hit him) at 1am on way back from Man Airport in Dec. Called the police but never heard anything.”

The closures will remain in place for several hours and motorists are advised to find alternative routes as there is currently major traffic disruption.

Police are appealing to anyone with information or who was on or near the motorway at about the time of the incident to call police on 101.

More to follow.

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