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M56 chemical spill halts traffic in Greater Manchester

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Image caption The crash happened close to the motorway's exit for Manchester Airport

A tanker crashed and shed part of its chemical load on the M56 in Greater Manchester, causing rush-hour delays.

The vehicle, carrying 1,000 litres of bleach, was involved in a crash with a car between junctions five and six, near an exit for Manchester Airport, at 08:00 GMT.

Firefighters were able to contain the chemical. No-one was injured.

Lanes reopened at about 11:00 on the west-bound carriageway, Highways England said.

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