Lancashire Police shut M61 in both directions due to concern for welfare incident at Rivington Services

A concern for welfare incident at Rivington Services shut the M61 in both directions.

By Sean Gleaves
Friday, 13th May 2022, 9:41 am
Updated Friday, 13th May 2022, 10:11 am

The M61 was closed between junctions 8 (Chorley) and 6 (Horwich) at approximately 6.30pm on Thursday (May 12).

Police urged motorists to find alternative routes while they attended an incident at Rivington Services.

Officers on Friday (May 13) confirmed the incident involved the welfare of a woman.

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“The road re-opened at about 7.45pm after she had been brought to safety,” a spokesman for Lancashire Police added.

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A concern for welfare incident closed the M61 in both directions at Rivington Services. (Credit: Google)