Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tanker Crash Closes M60 for 7 HOURS

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tanker Crash Closes M60 for 7 HOURS

Article excerpt

THE M60 was shut for seven hours after a tanker crashed - causing traffic chaos for thousands of motorists. The vehicle hit the central reservation and spilt sodium hydroxide, commonly known as caustic soda, over the carriageway near junction 16 at around 9am yesterday.

The motorway was closed between junction 15 at Swinton and junction 17 at Whitefield while emergency services attended the scene.

The tanker was carrying 28 tonnes of caustic soda, but it is not known how much was spilled.

If inhaled, the chemical causes irritation to the eyes and nose, a sore throat, chest tightness, headaches and confusion. Ingestion will burn the mouth, throat and stomach.

Firefighters, Highways England and police attended the scene- as well as a specialist hazardous materials unit who helped decant the chemicals from the tanker. …

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