M61 traffic delays after ram runs onto motorway between Chorley and Bolton

Traffic is at a standstill on the M61 after a ram ran onto the motorway near Chorley this morning (Monday, December 5).
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Drivers are being held on the southbound carriageway between junctions 8 (Chorley) and 6 (Horwich) after the black ram made its way onto the motorway at around 10.30am.

Motorists on both carriageways were temporarily held after police arrived, as efforts were made to catch the ram and safely remove it from the motorway.

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Lancashire Police say the male sheep has now been ‘secured’ and efforts are under way to fully reopen the motorway.

Traffic was brought to a standstill on the M61 after a black ram ran onto the motorway near Chorley on Monday morning (December 5)Traffic was brought to a standstill on the M61 after a black ram ran onto the motorway near Chorley on Monday morning (December 5)
Traffic was brought to a standstill on the M61 after a black ram ran onto the motorway near Chorley on Monday morning (December 5)

The northbound carriageway has already reopened and the southbound is likely to reopen shortly, but there are still delays both ways.

National Highways tweeted: "Traffic has now been released in both directions on the M61 between J6 Bolton and J8 Chorley.

“There are 3 miles of congestion following this incident in both directions so please allow time for delays to ease.

“Please allow extra travel time if in the area.”