National Highways is urging drivers to avoid the M62 on Tuesday morning after a serious crash shut the motorway for ‘several hours.’

The M62 Westbound has been closed since around 4am on Tuesday following a serious crash. West Yorkshire Police closed the carriageway from J30 A642 ( Rothwell ) to J29 M1 J42 (Lofthouse) and it is unclear when the motorway will be reopened.

It is not clear how many vehicles have been involved or if there has been any injuries at this time. Traffic is being diverted from the motorway causing delays on the M1 Southbound.

Motorists have been urged to avoid the M62 Westbound as delays are likely and the motorway is expected to stay shut for some time on Tuesday, says National Highways.

Read more: M62 traffic live updates as motorway shut near Lofthouse after crash

A spokesperson for National Highways Yorkshire said: “Drivers in Yorkshire are being advised of an extended incident along the westbound M62 near Wakefield which is likely to cause delays to journeys throughout this morning.

“The westbound M62 between junction 30 and junction 29 near Lofthouse interchange in West Yorkshire has been closed since 4.30am following a serious collision. A police investigation is underway and is likely to take several hours with the closure likely to be in place beyond this morning’s peak travel period.

“Drivers likely to be affected by the M62 carriageway closure are advised to delay journeys or seek alternative routes. On road traffic officers from outstations near the incident have been on the scene throughout helping to manage traffic while staff at the North East regional operations centre along the M1 near Wakefield.

“Drivers are advised to check traffic conditions before setting out on journeys. Live traffic information is always available at or from National Highways’ 24-7 customer contact centre at 0300 123 5000. Updates will also be posted to @HighwaysYorks – National Highways’ regional X feed.”

Traffic map shows length of delays near Lofthouse
Traffic map shows length of delays near Lofthouse

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