M61 lorry crash: Man arrested after motorway closed

Junction 5 of the M61 The crash happened on the northbound carriageway near Junction 5

A man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a crash involving a lorry closed part of the M61 in Greater Manchester.

The lorry veered off the northbound carriageway near Junction 5 of the motorway and down an embankment at about 05:10 BST.

Greater Manchester Police said debris left on the road had damaged other cars but no-one had been injured.

The 43-year-old, who police said failed a breath test, remains in custody.

The northbound carriageway has been closed between Junction 5 and 6, with a diversion expected to be in place for several hours.

The third lane of the southbound carriageway has also been closed while the road is cleared and a police investigation takes place.

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