M62 closed after huge lorry fire, as driver dies in separate crash between two HGVs

Two separate incidents have closed the M62 this morning, one of which ended in tragedy.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 31st January 2023

A lorry driver has been killed in a serious crash between two HGVs on the M62 this morning.

The motorway is currently closed and drivers are advised to avoid the area while emergency services attend the scene.

A different section of the motorway is also closed due to a separate lorry fire (pictured above) last night.

Police are appealing for witnesses of the fatal collision, which occurred at around 4.37am this morning (Tuesday 31 January).

The crash between two HGVs left one of the vehicles on fire.


One of the drivers tragically died at the scene. The second driver is believed to be uninjured.

A statement from Cheshire Police said: “Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision between two HGVs on the M62 at the Croft interchange. At 4.37am this morning (Tuesday 31 January) police were called to the collision at junction 10.


“One of the vehicles was on fire, and one of the drivers sadly died at the scene. The second driver is believed to be uninjured and helping police with enquiries.

“The carriageway is closed and it is advised to avoid the area as the closure is impacting on nearby roads. Anyone who witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage should contact Cheshire Police on 101 or via the website quoting IML 1468300.”

National Highways said of the road closure: “The M62 in Cheshire is closed eastbound within J10 due to a serious collision and vehicle fire.

The remains of the lorry that caught fire last night between J7 and J8 of the M62. Credit: National Highways

“Emergency services including North West Motorway Police are in attendance. National Highways Traffic Officers are also on scene assisting with traffic management.”

Another section of the M62 – between J7 (St Helens) and J8 (Burtonwood) – is also closed today, following a huge lorry fire last night.

National Highways said: “Due to the extensive road surface damage caused by the fire, it is expected the carriageway will remain closed throughout most of the day.”

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