A forty seven year old man remains in hospital this morning after a multi vehicle pile up on the M66 which saw the southbound motorway shut for more than six hours.

The accident happened around 11.30pm  when a red Fiat 500 was travelling south on the  at junction 2.

As the car entered a section of roadworks, it was involved in a collision with some cones before colliding with the nearside barrier.A silver VW Golf and Ford Transit also travelling on this stretch of the motorway avoided a collision with the Fiat 500.

However, an Audi A3 was involved in a minor collision with the Fiat as it avoided the cones and other cars.

At some point the Fiat 500 had set on fire, which was quickly put out by the attending fire service.

The 47-year-old driver of the Fiat 500 was taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries, where he remains in a serious condition.

Police constable Martin Davies of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “A man is now in hospital with serious injuries and my thoughts are with him as he recovers from this incident.

“That stretch of the M66 was closed for a number of hours last night and as our enquiries continue, we need the public’s help to ensure we have a full picture of what happened.

“I’m asking for anyone who was travelling along the M66 late last night that has dash-cam footage, or information that could help this investigation, to share this with police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4741 or 101, quoting incident number 2464 of 20/02/18. Reports can also be made anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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