Motorway hit by baked bean spillage
A lorry carrying tins of baked beans has crashed and shed its load across a motorway.
Drivers in Merseyside were urged to steer clear of the M6 at Haydock where one lane in each direction remained closed.
The crash happened shortly before 11am on Wednesday between junctions 22 and 23 when the lorry struck the central reservation barrier and came to rest in the southbound carriageway.
A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: "After a brief closure of the motorway to right the vehicle, two lanes of the carriageway in each direction have been running this afternoon but both outside lanes will remain closed for the lorry to be removed, the shed load to be recovered and for temporary barrier repairs to be carried out.
"It is likely that permanent barrier repairs will need to be carried out overnight tonight.
"This will involve further lane closures but at a time when traffic is at its lightest and with little impact on motorway users' journeys.
"Highways Agency traffic officers from the out-station at Newton-le-Willows have been at the scene helping to manage traffic.
"Colleagues at the North West Regional Control Centre at Newton-le-Willows and the National Traffic Operations Centre at Birmingham have set signs across the local, regional and national motorway network to advise drivers of the incident."