Police chase on M61 leads to lane closure near Rivington Services

A lane has been closed on the M61 following a police chase this morning (January 9).

By Matthew Calderbank
Thursday, 9th January 2020, 8:07 am
Updated Thursday, 9th January 2020, 8:35 am

A number of police cars appeared to pursue a vehicle on the southbound M61 at around 5.30am, before the vehicle was stopped near Rivington Services.

Five police vehicles were in attendance at the scene, where a vehicle is understood to have come off the carriageway.

Highways closed lane 1 (of three) on the southbound M61 between junctions 8 (Chorley) and 6 (Bolton North, Horwich), whilst police dealt with the incident.

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A car has crashed following a police pursuit on the M61 this morning (January 9). Pic: Google

Highways initially said the closure was due to a 'broken down vehicle' and the lane had to be closed to allow recovery.

The lane closure has now been lifted and traffic is moving freely.

Lancashire Police have been approached for comment.

Five police cars attended the scene on the M61 southbound near Rivington Services after a car was stopped following a pursuit this morning (January 9)