A man was killed when his van flipped over on the M60 this morning, as the wintery weather caused traffic chaos for thousands of Manchester motorists.
The driver, who has not been formally identified, was fatally injured in a collision shortly after 6am on the anti-clockwise route between junction 19 and 20, near to Hollinwood, Oldham.
Emergency services rescued the man from the van, which had rolled over onto its side, but tragically his life could not be saved.
The motorway was closed for four hours as police and firefighters attempted to clear the carriageway of debris, and residents woke up to six inches of snow in some parts of North Manchester.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Efforts were made to get the man safely out. He was taken to hospital where was sadly died later.
“A combination of the collision and the weather mean that there is now significant congestion throughout the northern and eastern sections of the M60 motorway, on both sides.”
Many motorists have been caught up in the congestion and delays are expected throughout the morning as they look for alternative routes – there is a severe backlog towards Manchester city centre on Oldham Road, Manchester Road, Broadway and Rochdale Road.
While the M60 is driveable, officers advise motorists to take extra care.
Witnesses to the collision are asked to call police on 0161 856 4741.